Get ready for the three Cs! Counting, Colors, and Crabs! That’s right! These free printable number posters have got you covered! This is a fun learning opportunity for summer, an adorable bulletin board, AND an opportunity to learn number words in English and/or Spanish! Perfect for your ocean theme or summer activities!

Summer Theme Printable Number Posters for Preschool

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Ocean Theme Number Poster Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Math activities for preschoolers in a summer program don’t have to disappoint. These Summer Theme Printable Number Posters for Preschool feature cute crabs in various colors, numbers 1-10 (and zero!), and number words. This preschool math activity for summer will keep math skills sharp all summer long!

Preschool Summer Math Activities

Summer learning should be ultra engaging, as opposed to just plain old engaging! When gorgeous weather presents itself, or squirrely kiddos need a break, embrace it!

Break all the traditional school year rules by incorporating math games, literacy centers, or other learning activities that are so sneaky the kids don’t even realize they’re learning!

Think about incorporating outdoor games with math concepts. For example, tweak the classic game of “Link Tag,” by attaching large numbers to each player. In order to link with a person, the runner must call out that person’s number first (or add it to theirs).

Sing counting songs, making up movements as a group. Practice your “number dances” as a class, or encourage small groups to make up their own.

Practice counting forwards and backwards at snack time as you dole out crackers and watch them disappear!

Overhead view of the Summer Theme Printable Number Posters for Preschool in both English and Spanish.

How to Use the Free Number Posters for the Classroom

The free number posters 1 – 10 are as versatile as your preschool and kindergarten students! All you need to do is print them!

The set includes full-page posters for each numeral 0 to 10. Additionally, the counting posters free set includes half-page mats with the numeral AND the number word.

Did I mention the posters show the word in either English or Spanish?! Yep! And did I mention the cute crabs featured on each poster! Yep! The number posters 1 to 10 printable includes crabs for counting on each page!

More Number Counting Poster Themes For You

Overhead view of the Summer Theme Printable Number Posters for Preschool in both English and Spanish.

Once you print and protect, your options are as vast as the summer sky! Here are some ideas:

  • Bring them outside! Fill a tub with plastic crabs and let kids get a little wet while they grab and count crabs, placing them on various number mats. Depending on the child, you could mix up the numbers or present them chronologically. You could even work on counting by 2s or 5s!
  • Place the posters randomly around an outdoor play area. Children must run to a poster, name the number, then hop/skip/jump that many times. Repeat!
  • Bring the posters or smaller number cards out to the sandbox to practice drawing numbers in the sand.
  • Use ten frames and mini crabs to build each number (indoors or out)!
Overhead view of the Summer Theme Printable Number Posters for Preschool in both English and Spanish.

More Fun Summer Math for Preschool Ideas

You really can’t lose if you’re keeping the kids active and engaged with varied activities and games both indoors and out this summer. Just let your creativity flow to incorporate, counting, matching numbers, skip counting, number recognition, adding, or subtracting.

  • Make patterns with pool noodles. Or mazes, or use them as giant counting sticks!
  • Go on a scavenger hunt for rocks, sticks, leaves. Then, weigh them or create a collage, or count them!
  • Practice skip counting while…skipping! Use a set of skip counting posters, lay them on the ground, and skip along next to them while counting by 2s, 5s, or 10s.
  • Other amazing summer themes include ocean/ocean animals, weather, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds, trees, or camping.

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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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