Spotlight Saturday: Seasonal Counting & Numbers Pages and Center Mats

I’m participating in Kindergarten Dragon‘s weekly link-up – Spotlight Saturday where you showcase a useful product.  I’ve chosen my Seasonal Counting and Number Pages & Mats because it is very important for students in pre-k and kindergarten to have a strong foundation in counting & numbers prior to moving on to first grade where the counting system is no longer a focus in the state standards.  These pages and center mats are a good addition to your counting lessons and instruction and can be used for morning work, extra practice, assessment, or regular class work.

spotlight Saturday counting and numbers bundle

Counting is an effortful process that requires a lot of attention and focus from young children, therefore it helps if the content is motivating.  I have used colorful and fun seasonal items on the practice pages that students should enjoy counting because they relate to the season or time of the year.  The center mats have a cute seasonal character and can be used in a variety of ways so students do not get bored.

There are a number of processes and skills that students must learn and master in order to answer the question of “How many?”.  1:1 correspondence (student touches an object only once and says a counting word for each object touched), saying the counting word sequence in order, cardinality (student assigns a number word to the set), and ordinality (student understands the order that the objects are counted is irrelevant to the quantity). Students may master these skills at various levels and times which is why the practice pages are differentiated.

The first set of practice pages requires students to count sets of objects and circle the correct number from 3 given numbers – (K.CC.B.4 and K.CC.B.5). Below is an example from the Spring Counting & Numbers set.

spring counting numbers worksheet

The second section of each set requires students to count sets of objects and write the correct number – (K.CC.A.3, K.CC.B.4 and K.CC.B.5). Below is an example from the Fall Counting & Numbers set:

fall counting and numbers practice page

The objects in each set of the above referenced practice pages are arranged in even rows and columns to aide students with subitizing.

The third section of each set requires students to represent a given number by either drawing or pasting the correct number of seasonal objects beside each number – (K.CC.B.4 and K.CC.B.5). Below is an example from the Spring Counting & Numbers set. Students can cut and paste frogs to represent the number or draw bees to represent the number.

spring numbers counting

The counting and numbers seasonal sets also include play dough mats / center mats for numbers 1-20. These mats have seasonal themes and come in color and black and white (the black and white can be printed onto colored paper). Students can roll play dough into small balls and place the appropriate number of balls in the ten frame. They can also form the play dough in the shape of the number inside the large “bubble numbers”.  Below are example play dough mats from our Winter Counting & Numbers set and our Summer Counting & Numbers set:

winter counting numbers play dough mat

summer counting numbers play dough mat

These mats may also be used for centers. Students can place counters, bingo chips, pom-poms, or other manipulatives in the ten frames to represent the number. They may also use stickers, bingo dabbers, color the squares with seasonal colors, or draw their own pictures. The large “bubble numbers” can be traced or rainbow traced (traced with as many colors as possible) and then students can practice writing their own numbers in the white space. Below are example play dough mats from all 4 counting and numbers sets. In these examples students used acorns, snowballs (cotton balls), pom poms, and sea shells as counters.

fall numbers center mat

winter counting center mat

spring numbers center mat

summer numbers center mat

These center mats can also be used for “number talks” to help students with subitizing.  Flash a ten frame for 5 seconds and have students re-create it.  Talk to students about how they remembered it.

You can view sample pages from all 4 seasonal counting and numbers sets here.

The counting and numbers sets can be purchased individually or in a money-saving bundle pack:

Fall Counting and Numbers Set

Winter Counting and Numbers Set

Spring Counting and Numbers Set

Summer Counting and Numbers Set

Counting and Numbers Seasonal Bundle

2 comments

  1. Love your play dough mats! How have I never thought to use pom poms on them before?! What a great idea – especially for fine motor skills! We love to use play tweezers in our class to pick up the pom poms – so much fun!

  2. This is so great!! I love how you change up the manipulatives you use to fill up the ten-frames throughout the year! What an incredibly fun way to increase that number sense!
    Thank you so much for linking up for Spotlight Saturday, I loved reading your Spotlight and learning about such a wonderful math activity!

    Erin
    Kindergarten Dragons

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