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Butterfly Math – Learning Numbers 1 to 10 FREE Printable Activity

Are you looking for an easy way to help students practice counting and number recognition with a clever butterfly math activity? Our FREE butterfly counting mats are a great way to help children from preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age childre practice learning numbers 1 to 10. Simply print pdf file with butterfly printables and you are ready to play and learn!

Are you looking for an easy way to help students practice counting and number recognition with a clever butterfly math activity? Our FREE butterfly counting mats are a great way to help children from preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age childre practice learning numbers 1 to 10. Simply print pdf file with butterfly printables and you are ready to play and learn!

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As you know our students need loads of practice when they start learning how to count to 10. It is one of those set of skills that appears simple, but it involves learning a lot of different things. Using fun butterfly printables allowes preschoolers and kindergartners to make math fun with a butterfly theme! They must

  • Learn how our numbering system works and memorize the standard order of numbers.
  • Understand one to one correspondence. (Each object in a group can be counted once and only once).
  • Grasp the idea of cardinality. (When you count the items in a set, the last number tells you the quantity of objects in that set.)
  • Discover that as you count forward the quantity increases by one. This seems so obvious, but that is because we have years of practice!
  • Learn to read and recognize both numbers and numerals.
  • Understanding what those numbers or numerals symbolize. You can count 3 blocks or 3 apples and say “three.” Or you can show the numeral 3 and say the name. It doesn‚Äôt matter what you are counting, how you count stays the same.

Not as simple as it seems right? Fortunately most Kindersstudents master this skill. Still they need a lot of hands on learning to get there. It is helpful to have a wide variety of activities. It keep things fresh and each one will approach counting in a slightly different way. With this in mind, we have created a FREE butterfly math counting mat for your students.

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Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The butterfly math activities for preschool pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template.

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butterfly math worksheets

These mats provide extra practice for counting numerals 1-10 and number recognition for the numbers one to ten. You can use them for early finishers, math centers, or even suggest parents make a set for extra practice.

The counting sheets provides practice in the following number concepts.

  • Counting numbers 1-10
  • Recognizing numbers 1-10 in word and numeral form

There are also options to practice different ways of composing a number.

The counting mats work well with this age group because they involve the use of manipulatives. Anything our students can pick up, handle, and move around will help build pathways in their brains.

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butterfly math activities for preschoolers

You will receive a pdf file containing

  • 10 Butterfly counting mats featuring numbers 1-10
  • Two sheets of butterfly counters. One with numbers and one without. These sheets are provided in color and black and white.

How to Prepare the Counting Mats

  1. Print the counting mats onto cardstock. (See link below)
  2. Laminate for durability.
  3. Grab some small butterfly manipulatives for counting.

You can use the cards we’ve provided, but any butterfly manipulative will work. I love these butterfly pony beads and buttons. If you prefer you can skip the butterfly theme and go with flowers, ladybugs or bingo chips. Whatever works best.

If you use the common core, this activity covers the following standard. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.

Numbers 1-10

printable numbers 1 10

You can use this printable in a variety of ways and pitch the activities to help students at different levels. Don’t you just love printables that give you different options?

For Students That Need To Practice Numbers 1-10

Beginners can practice counting numbers 1-10. They simply look at the number on the mat and count out that number of butterflies. The manipulatives can be placed anywhere on the mat.

  • Students can also use playdough to form the number if they wish.
  • You could also invite children to find other manipulatives and count them out as well. What do 7 butterflies-ladybugs-blocks-pompoms-candies look like?
  • Use dry erase markers to practice writing the number on the mat. Children could also draw their own butterflies.

Make counting numbers 1-10 a fun hands-on activity with our printable butterfly mats. Perfect for Kindergarten math centers! Click through to snag your FREE set of counting mats.

For Those That Can Already Count Numbers 1-10

Children can start to decompose the number and find ways to make the number on the mat. You will need the numbered butterflies and some other manipulatives. Use the mats with the higher numbers. Anything over 6 will work well.

Show them the cards with the number butterflies. Explain that the number of dots on the wings is the same as the number on the card. If they are working on the number 7, ask them to find the butterfly with 7 spots. Place it on the mat. Ask

Can you think of another way to make 7?

Invite them to count out 7 manipulatives. Move 2 aside and think out loud.

‚ÄúHere we have 7 butterflies. If we make one set of 2 how many are left? 1,2,3,4,5 there are 5 left. So, 2 and 5 make 7.‚ÄĚ

Have children find the butterflies with 2 and 5 spots and place them on the mat. Ask: ‚ÄúCan you think of another way to make 7?‚ÄĚ

You will probably get some suggestions. If not, suggest switching the two groups around, so you have 5 and 2. Count the total and exclaim, ‚Äú5 and 2 also make 7.‚ÄĚ

Continue thinking aloud ‚ÄúLet‚Äôs start with 7 again. Now make a set of 3. How many are left? 1,2,3,4 there are 4 left. So, 3 and 4 make 7. Once again find the butterflies with 3 and 4 spots and place them on the mat. Ask Are there any other ways make 7?‚ÄĚ

Keep going until you have figured out as many variations as possible. Obviously the higher the number, the more combinations there will be.

butterfly crafts butterfly life cycle worksheets butterfly addition Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly with this super cute, simple Butterfly Life Cycle Craft. In spring we start to see butterflies appear and the amazing metamorphosis that happens as they go from caterpillar to chryssalis to butterfly is super cool. Use this life cycle of a butterfly craft ideas for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students to learn about these amazing insects! Simply print pdf file with butterfly life cycle printable and you are ready to play and learn about butterflies for kids!

Butterfly Activities for Kids

Looking for more fun butterfly activities, butterfly crafts, and butterfly printables to add to your day or butterfly theme? Try these:

Arh! I spy treasure for children to plunder in these super cute, I Spy Pirate pages. There are 6 super ute pirate worksheetsfor children to work on visual discrimination and counting math skills as they play these i spy games. Plus these fun I spy games for kids are FREE! These i spy worksheets are perfect for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students.  Simply print pdf file with i spy printables and you are ready to play dn learn! FREE Zoo Animals Color by Number Worksheets to help preschool and kindergarten age kids practice number recognition with numbers 1-10 #colorbynumber #preschool #kindergarten math craft

Kindergarten Math

Looking for more free kindergarten math printables and fun math activities for kindergartners? We’ve got lots of fun kindergarten math:

What Comes NExt Back to School Math Kids will have fun learning to form their number with these fun count to 10 bingo marker number worksheets perfect for preschool, prek, and kindergarten age kids. These FREE Farm Bingo Marker Numbers Worksheets are my kids favorite number worksheets.  FREE printable Star Wars number tracing activity for kindergartners - Make practicing number tracing FUN with these super cute, Star Wars themed tracing cards for numbers 1-20 and number words too!

Kindergarten Math Printables

Plus, don’t miss our other FREE kindergarten worksheets and games including THOUSANDS kindergarten worksheets FREE, learn your letters with our Kindergarten Alphabet worksheets, print kindergarten math worksheets or play a kindergarten math game, try an easy kindergarten science experiment, make a cute kindergarten craft, plan your week with our kindergarten themes, grab one of our many kindergarten social studies worksheets, learn to read with word family activities. plus lots of kindergarten sight words activities! We have everything you need for a complete kindergarten homeschool curriculum! Visit 123homeschool4me if you are looking for even more free worksheets or Preschool Play and Learn for preschool worksheets

Are you looking for an easy way to help students practice counting and number recognition with a clever butterfly math activity? Our FREE butterfly counting mats are a great way to help children from preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age childre practice learning numbers 1 to 10. Simply print pdf file with butterfly printables and you are ready to play and learn!

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Sharon is the proud mom of three grown boys, a trained educator, and former children librarian. She draws on her years of experience as a parent and teacher to help parents to make the most of the time they have with their kids. You find her posts on


  • Thank you, Beth! I was looking for a playdough counting mat with a little summer pizz-zazz! These will work well for my Back-to-School BOOT CAMP in August. We want to have fun with numbers. This will work with children who need assistance actually “writing” the number and those who need help with one-to-one correspondence and telling the number in the whole bunch. Thank you so much!

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