Looking for a new winter counting activity? It seems like no matter how many math activities I have, there is always room for one more. Especially with a special needs kiddo who needs to repeat, repeat, repeat (and then repeat some more!) This one simple counting activity will help your preschoolers count, use fine motor skills, and so much more. The good news is that they can be used with whatever math manipulatives you have on hand. Today I’m sharing these mitten counting cards that can be used with play dough, pom poms, magnetic counting chips, cotton balls and more, to help enhance your preschoolers’ counting skills.
With simple to follow instructions, your preschoolers will add dots to each mitten to combine numbers and learn basic math skills. All the while your preschoolers will be learning the necessary basic counting skills required at their age.
These mitten counting cards will help your preschoolers count up to 10, but can also be used to teach basic math skills, like some of our ten-frame number mats which are great for teaching addition number bonds.
To work on addition, you can simply have the kids come up with different ways to reach the total number by using two different colors of pom poms or play dough.
“If I have 1 blue dot, how many more dots do I need to make 6?”
How do you introduce numbers to preschoolers?
There are many ways you can introduce numbers to preschoolers. I prefer using hands-on activities to help introduce numbers to preschoolers because they seem to take well to this type of learning. If you’re looking for more free printable math activities to introduce numbers to preschoolers then check out this list of ideas:
With so many activities, counting books and hand-on educational fun options your preschoolers will start understanding basic math and reading skills together in one activity.
And who doesn’t love reading The Mitten by Jan Brett to their preschoolers??! I’ve been reading it to my kids for almost 20 years! Add the book to your lesson plans and these mitten counting cards to your math center to create a great literacy and winter math activity.
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What math should preschoolers know?
When it comes to teaching preschoolers about numbers, one of the most popular questions I’m asked is what math should preschoolers know. This is a common question because so many educators and parents alike want to make certain their preschoolers know the right level of math options prior to entertaining kindergarten.
Some of the basic math skills your preschoolers should know include:
- Basic number bonds
- Problem Solving
- Sets and classifying
- Number Sense
- Number Patterns
This is such a fun age group to teach math to as your preschoolers will have a huge interest in hands-on activities to learn the basic math skills they need to learn at this age.
Math is something that your preschoolers will use in their everyday life from now forward, so it’s always good to form a solid base knowledge of numbers, number bonds, and basic addition and subtraction. These math skills you’re teaching your preschoolers will take them further in life.
If you’re ready to start teaching your preschoolers about counting to ten, then print out this free mitten counting cards activity, cute each square if you’d like and them laminate the sheets. As you know, adding a bunch of preschoolers paper that isn’t laminated means you will barely get one use out of these mitten counting cards.
Using your laminating machine to protect these mitten counting cards will ensure multiple uses by your preschoolers because the playdough won’t get stuck to the paper directly and can easily be wiped clean whenever your preschoolers are done with this activity.
How do I use these mitten counting cards?
Print and cut the mitten counting cards.
Laminate the cards so that your preschoolers will be able to use these over and over.
Ok, really just laminate them because preschoolers are vicious. They can destroy a piece of paper in less time than it takes you to print it.
Each mitten counting card has instructions, such as “add one dot to the mitten”, “add two dots to the mitten”, this repeats until your preschooler places ten dots on the mitten.
These winter counting activities for preschoolers can be used with play dough for the dots, buttons, pom poms or other small items that allow your preschoolers to place the correct number of “dots” on each mitten until they’ve successfully used the dots to count to ten.
We love using magnetic circle counters to create dots on the mittens!
Use a magnetic wand to collect all the magnetic counters off the mittens to clean up and get ready to start on a new card.
This is also a great way to work science discoveries into your learning activities! I love activities that cross subjects because it helps the kids remember the activity and content.
If you don’t have access to a printer and you want to get started on the activity right now, you can cut some mittens out of construction paper like we did for this mitten counting game. Or save time and grab the made-for-you mittens below.
Our Favorite Winter Theme Books:
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Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:
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Sneezy the SnowmanThere Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!Goodbye Autumn, Hello WinterOver and Under the SnowWinter Wonderland (National Geographic Kids)Animals in Winter (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science)If You Were a Kid at the Iditarod (If You Were a Kid)The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder (Weather Books for Kids, Winter Children’s Books, Science Kids Books)The MittenThe SnowflakeThe Snowy Day (Picture Puffin Books Book 1)All About Weather: A First Weather Book for KidsWinter Sleep: A Hibernation StoryWinter DanceLu, the Little Ladybug and the Great Winter (Ladybug Lu Collection Book 3)Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee: (Read Aloud Books, Series Books for Kids, Books for Early Readers)The Long Winter: Little House, Book 6