Kindergarten math is filled with opportunities to build a strong foundation. Children will learn to count forward and backward, skip count, recognize sets (subitize), name shapes, write numbers, and MORE! Practicing missing numbers helps improve counting fluency and number formation. This spring-themed math activity is a great way to progress monitor students to see where they’re at or to give them repeated practice. Just print the kindergarten spring math cards, laminate for repeated use, and enjoy!

Spring themed missing numbers 1-20 activity for kindergarten math.

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Materials for the Missing Numbers Task Cards

  • Paper Plate
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pasta: Shell, Rotini, Farfalle
  • Rice
  • Ruler

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Kindergarten Math Activities



Finding missing numbers 1 to 20 is an important kindergarten math skill. As kids gain fluency with oral counting, they become comfortable with answering questions like, “What number comes next?” or “What is one more/less?”

Free printable worksheets are an excellent way to vary learning activities while still providing valuable practice and repetition of important skills.

The adorable fill-in-the-missing number worksheet/cards feature bunnies and carrots to draw the interest of our youngest learners.

I have also included a color version along with black-and-white cards.

Students can use a dry erase marker to fill in the missing numbers, count orally, or place plastic numbers directly onto the counting worksheet/cards. I like to provide a number line as a scaffold for students that need it.

When you get the opportunity to work with children as they find the missing number, you can introduce math vocabulary like:

  • What number comes next/before/after?
  • Ask children to say/repeat sentences like, “11 is 1 more than 10,” or “5 is between 4 and 6.”
  • Which is greater/least?
Use a dry erase marker to fill in the missing number on the card.

What Do Math Activities for Kindergarteners Teach?



Spring math activities for preschoolers and kindergarteners are a great way to practice key skills without monotony or boredom. The missing numbers kindergarten worksheet/cards can easily be differentiated and adapted to many different needs.

  • Use counters/manipulatives to count sets
  • Create a simple board game with the cards
  • Place them at the math center for early finishers
  • Print and staple the black-and-white version for students to complete and color
Examples of the spring math missing number cards.

What is the Importance of Missing Numbers Worksheets for Kindergarten?

Math worksheets, evidence-based math interventions, and math games are key components of kindergarten. Students need lots of time to practice and become fluent with the basics of numbers.

Fine Motor

Fine motor development remains important regardless of the topic being studied in early education. Hands-on math activities promote math skills while also giving the opportunity to build muscles by writing numbers or grasping objects.

Number Sense

Kindergarten missing numbers worksheets help develop number sense: the ability to understand, relate, and connect numbers.

Counting Fluency

You really cannot do “too much” counting in the primary grades. The more comfortable children are with counting, and the less laborious it is, the easier it will be for them to add and subtract numbers and beyond.


Children that are just learning to count might not know number sequences automatically, especially when we go past 10. Practice with identifying a missing number requires and strengthens sequencing.

How To Use The Spring Math Activity for Kindergarten

How to Use the Spring Math Game


  • Printer/Ink
  • Paper/Card Stock
  • Laminator (optional)
  • Paper Cutter
  • Dry Erase Marker and/or Counters (optional)
Examples of the spring math missing number cards.

Step One:

Just download and print the missing number cards. If you’d like them to be write/erase cards, laminate them.

Use a dry erase marker to fill in the missing number on the card.

Step Two:

Simply cut the cards apart and the activity is ready for students.

Fill in the missing number between 16 and 18.

Make a Game

Easily turn the counting cards into a game. Place cards upside down and have students take turns drawing a card, identifying the missing number, and counting the given sequence out loud.

Sensory Bin

Hide plastic numbers in the sensory bin. Lay the cards out on the table. Children will find a number, then find which card it fits on.


Create a double set of cards, place them in a grid upside down, and play memory match!

Spring themed missing number cards for kindergarten math.
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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.Β 

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