Did you pretend to be a teacher when you were younger to your little brother or sister (or stuffed animals in my case)? I remember sitting all of my animals in a row and using my pointer to go over the alphabet or counting to 20. They were the quietest class I’ve ever had! Whether you teach in a classroom or at home children are impacted by the concepts and topics you teach.

Our school theme missing number math game has our kiddos feeling like teachers and having a great time while learning. Math skills are crucial in the classroom, at home, and all throughout the day.

Missing number task cards with a school theme.

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Materials for the Missing Number Task Cards

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Paper Cutter
  • Dry Erase Marker

Learning About Number Sequence:

kindergarten math activities


  • What number comes before 5?
  • When I’m counting what comes after 10?
  • How are the numbers 10 and 20 similar and different?

Before kids can start adding and subtracting numbers it’s important to know the pattern of numbers.

Our free math printable for kindergarten can be used alongside number lines, popsicle sticks and ten frames.

The number recognition activity can be used in small groups, in a math center, or with an individual child.

In addition to learning about number sense here are some more ideas for what you can teach using kindergarten math skills:

Write the missing number in the sequence with a dry erase marker.

What Can Students Learn With the Missing Numbers Activity For Kindergarten?

printable math kindergarten activity


  • How can I figure out what number is missing?
  • How do I show the number I came up with?
  • Do any of these numbers look the same?
School theme missing number task cards.

Why Is It Important For Kids To Practice Math Skills?

Besides the fact that kids love hands on activities, there are so many other reasons you should include math throughout your day:

Math Helps You Cook: When a child is cooking or baking with an adult they will use measuring and time related skills. This seems like so much more fun than a counting worksheet.

Math Helps You Tell Time: Children must understand numbers and counting in order to tell time and process how long a minute is versus 60 minutes.

Math Helps You Problem Solve: Do you have enough money in the store to buy the chips or the strawberries? Adding, subtracting and understanding more and less can help children problem solve.

Math Helps Create Pictures: When children draw or paint pictures they are using different shapes to construct their object. How many squares are in your building? How many lines did you have to draw to make a triangle in your bridge?

How To Use This Printable For Kindergarten Math:

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  • Print and laminate the activity for durability.

Using the Printable

Add the free printable math activity to your math and writing center! Kids can use these to practice writing numbers, counting, and creating patterns.

Once the pages are laminated, there are many learning activities you can use them for, including using dry erase markers.

Extend the Activity

Sequencing Cards

Cut out the numbers and see if your child can put the numbers in the correct sequence. You can sort from least to greatest or greatest to least.

Ten Frame

Include a ten frame and some fun manipulatives or counters to give students a hands on opportunity to find the missing number.

Who Is Missing?

Give your students a number card and have two students stand in the front. The children will have to figure out which other child sitting down has the missing number. Talk about the different combinations they can make.

Write the Room

Place task cards around the room. Students must find the cards around the room and fill in the missing numbers. You could give each child a whiteboard to record answers.

Counting Skills

Work on counting skills with these fun back to school number posters.

Play a Game

Continue learning about counting and number lines while utilizing those gross motor skills. Check out the Five Little Ducks Number Line!

School theme missing number task cards.
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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