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 download pdf file with butterfly printables and you are ready to play and learn!
Learning Numbers 1 to 10
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’t 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.
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.
A Closer Look at The Counting Mats
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
- Download and print the counting mats onto cardstock. (See download link below)
- Laminate for durability.
- 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.
How to Use Your Butterfly Counting Mats
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.
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.
“Here 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.”
Have children find the butterflies with 2 and 5 spots and place them on the mat. Ask: “Can you think of another way to make 7?”
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, “5 and 2 also make 7.”
Continue thinking aloud “Let’s 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?”
Keep going until you have figured out as many variations as possible. Obviously the higher the number, the more combinations there will be.
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:
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- B is for Butterfly activities for toddler and preschoolers
- Butterfly Subtraction for Kindergarten
- Pop-up Butterfly Craft
- FREE Printable Butterfly Life Cycle Worksheets
- Butterfly Math – Learning Numbers 1 to 10
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Butterfly Counting Activity for Kindergartners
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