An important skill for preschoolers to learn is how to count and how to make meaning with numbers. When kids can count objects with meaning, or the ability to match one object to one other object, they have the skill of one-to-one correspondence. One way to practice this is with counting mats. I’ve created some for an easy, hands-on way to practice this math skill. I hope you’ll enjoy them, too!
Benefits to Counting Mats
- hands-on activity for practicing counting
- works on the skill of one-to-one correspondence
- helps with number recognition
- it’s a no-prep activity
For this activity, you will need some sort of manipulatives. Here are some suggestions:
- craft pom poms
- mini erasers
- unifix cubes
- cotton balls
- paper clips
It really doesn’t matter what you use for manipulatives, you just need something for your child to count.
I included the formation lines on the number. I recommend having your child start on the red dot and to trace the number. This is a great pre-writing skill!
Then have them count the manipulatives and place them in the circles. There are mats for numbers 1-10.
We used pom poms for our manipulative. If you did this, you could have the child sort the colors before counting and placing them in the circles.
I chose to laminate our mats so we could use them over and over. It also makes it so we can use them with playdough or dry erase markers and can easily wipe them up. You could use this as a supplemental activity after preschool, during preschool at a center, or as a whole group activity.
If you’d like to download this printable, just click below!
Thank you! These are wonderful with the mini erasers! Do you have a set for 11-20?
Angela Thayer says
Hi Deb! I don’t. But I will try to make some!
Great resource and THANK YOU for sharing
I love these mats! Thank you for sharing these and so many of your other resources. I am a Grandma and will be homeschooling a kinder and two preschoolers. Cindy
Thank you so much for sharing these they will be put to use in my classroom.
Hope M. says
Thank you for such a great resource!
MarayBeth Bush says
These are awesome. My preschoolers will love them.
Thanks for these beautiful resources. They will be very useful to my preschoolers. Thanks a bunch
Thank you for this. I really appreciate free resources to teach my great granddaughter as we live on a fixed income. This is the best I’ve found for starting her on writing numbers.
So easy to understand and adorable clip art Thank you!
Sister Paul Mary says
These are amazing! Thank you for taking the time to create such a fantastic resource.
Jennifer Goss says
These are wonderful! Thank you for creating and sharing.