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Counting 1-20: Simple Games Your Kindergarten Class Will Love

Counting games are a great way to teach young learners about numbers. They’re fun and engaging for all ages, but young children really enjoy them. We’ve compiled 15 games your kindergarten students will love playing. They are designed to help your kids practice counting from 1-20. Playing these kindergarten counting games will not only give them practice in counting, but also help them develop strong number sense. Simply print number games for kindergaten and you are ready to play wile learning numbers for kindergarten.

Counting games are a great way to teach young learners about numbers. They're fun and engaging for all ages, but young children really enjoy them. We’ve compiled 15 games your kindergarten students will love playing. They are designed to help your kids practice counting from 1-20. Playing these kindergarten counting games will not only give them practice in counting, but also help them develop strong number sense. Simply print number games for kindergaten and you are ready to play wile learning numbers for kindergarten.

Kindergarten Counting Games

Who doesn’t love a good counting game? Counting games are a great way to teach young learners about numbers. They’re fun and engaging for all ages, but young children particularly enjoy them. We’ve compiled 15 games your kindergarten students will love playing. They are designed to help your students practice counting 1-20. Playing these games will not only give them practice in counting, but also help them develop strong number sense.

When you can count, you will know what number comes next in any given sequence. It sounds pretty easy. But those of us who teach young children, know that it can be anything but simple. It takes a lot of practice to develop this important skill. Counting games are a great way to practice. Children love playing games, so why not take advantage of this?

They will have so much fun; they won’t even know they are learning! More importantly, games will help your students experience numbers. This is foundational to developing a strong number sense. Something that will help them as they move on to more complicated math concepts. Click here to learn more about number sense and why it is important.

Counting Printables

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >>_____<<. The counting game pdf file will open in a new window for you to save your freebie. Now print off all of the Fall I Spy pages!

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Counting 1-20

Counting Around the Circle (3 Variations)

  1. Sit in a circle. Count around the circle from 1 to 20 – each student saying the next consecutive number. Once your students have got the hang of it, introduce some variations. Instead of counting around the circle, roll a soft ball back and forth. Whoever gets the ball, says the next number.
  2. Start counting from different numbers. Make a set of number cards from 1-9. Shuffle them and invite a student to take turns drawing one. Start counting forward from that number.
  3. Stand up and count around the circle. The person that says 20 must sit down. Keep going until you only have 1 player left. Alternatively, ask everyone to jump and clap when you get to 20.

4. Make a group

Get ready for a lot of giggles. This is the perfect game as it gets children up and moving. Play some music and invite children to move around your space. Stop the music and yell out a number between 2 and 20. Chaos and counting will ensue as students get into groups of that number. Any students who do not get into a group help you pick the next number.

5. Number Jumps

Grab some number flashcards (1-20). Shuffle and place them face down in the middle of the circle. Pick a child to turn over the first card and read the number aloud. They must then do that number of jumps. Ask the rest of the class to count along and clap every time the jumper’s feet hit the floor.

6. Let’s Get Marching

Stand in a circle and march on the spot while you count from 1-20. As your class progresses you can count backwards from 20 or count on from a chosen number. It gets children moving and for reason they really enjoy doing this. Make it even more fun by inviting students to choose different movements instead of marching. Can you hop, stamp, jump? Just keep counting.

Kindergarten math games

Number games for kindergarten

We’ve gathered together a collection of FREE games that will be perfect for small groups, math centers, or early finishers. You could even send the links home to parents and suggest they download the games and get in a little extra counting practice.

7. Monster Race: A Free Printable Game to Practice Counting 1-20

We’ve created a fun counting game that is very easy to set up and play. It will help your students with basic skills like counting from 1-20 and number recognition. The game boards are available in color or black-and-white versions, so you can choose based on what printer you have

Number games for kindergarten

Learning numbers for kindergarten

Counting games for kindergarten

Preparation

  • Print game board, spinner, and word cards on cardstock
  • Laminate for durability if you wish
  • Cut out word cards
  • Punch a hole in the middle of the game spinner and assemble the spinner parts.

NOTE If you don’t have a game spinner, you can use a brad, and a paperclip. This video shows you how to assemble the spinner.

Learning numbers for kindergarten

Counting games for kindergarten

  • Give each player a set of colored game markers (you will need 20)
  • Each player in turn spins the arrow or paperclip and places the corresponding number of markers on their 20 frame.
  • Plates continue taking turns and work to fill up all the squares on their 20 frame. After each turn, the players can count to the total number of counters they have on their frame. They can also count the blank spaces. This helps practice counting, but also starts building a foundation for addition and subtraction later on.
  • The first player to fill all the blank squares wins the game.

Make practicing addition engaging with this hands-on Star Wars Math. Whether you play this addition activity for Star Wars Day on May the 4th or you use it in a math center or as extra practice throughout the year - this addition and subtraction within 20 is loads of fun!  This addition and subtraction to 20 is an out-of-this-world addition and subtraction activity for kindergarten and grade 1 students.  counting to 20 bug counting activity ice cream sundae counting game for kindergarten

Kindergarten math games

Need More Games and Activities to Practice Counting? Try these

8. Candy Teen Numbers: Counting to 20

Looking for fun counting to twenty activities to get kindergartners to learn teen numbers? These number mats are perfect! In this number activity, kindergarteners will work on counting on a 20 frame, reading numbers, and numerals. The numbers 11-20 are included in this activity.

9. Count to 20 Apple Mats

Learning how to count has never been so much fun! This apple counting mat invites children to practice counting 1-20 seeds. It is a great way to explore number lines, adding on and counting. Strengthening your student’s understanding of numbers with this game. Just print and play.

10. Star Wars Counting

Ok this is not strictly counting, but it was too cute to miss! This hands-on Star Wars Math activity is a fun way to practice addition and subtraction to 20. Use it for Star Wars Day on May the 4th or anytime of the year. Who doesn’t love Star Wars?! It is designed for use with kindergarten and grade 1 students.

11. Catch 20 Bugs

Counting to 20 can be a daunting task for Beginners. Yet, with the right math tools — like this bug counting game — you’re guaranteed to have success! In this game, children will practice adding on, taking away and counting. Simply print out the pdf file and make learning fun!

12.Pool Writing Numbers 1-20

Want to sneak in some summer learning for kids? We’ve got a fun activity to help them practice counting 1-20. All you need are “pompom beach balls”, and a dry erase marker! Print out the summery printable and get ready to start counting.

12. Spring Counting Game 1-20

Celebrate spring with this super cute counting game for 1-20. This number recognition game is a great way to practice your numbers and have fun. Featuring a printable board game filled with pretty flowers and happy bunny rabbits. While the board has a definite spring feel, this game can be played year-round. Just download and print

14. Ice Cream Sundae Count

Make counting to 20 fun by putting cherries on ice cream? Come take a peek at this fun printable! This is a hands-on, kid-friendly ice cream printable to help practice counting from 1 to 20. Simply print the pdf file and you will be ready to play and learn.

15. Monster Counting

Kids love friendly monsters and will have loads of fun adding eyes to our free printable monster counting mats. This activity is an engaging way to help kids practice counting 1- 20. Grab the count mat and a pack of googly eyes and you are ready to play and count!

Free educational games for kindergarten

We hope you find these games helpful and that they will help your students practice counting. Our games will give lots of practice counting from 1-20. And they will also make the lessons fun and engaging for everyone involved. The wide assortment of games means lots of variety, so no-one should get bored!! Download some of our freebies today, so you can try them with your students. What is the one game on our list that sounds like it would be interesting to try?

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Math Activities for Kindergarten

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Counting games are a great way to teach young learners about numbers. They're fun and engaging for all ages, but young children really enjoy them. We’ve compiled 15 games your kindergarten students will love playing. They are designed to help your kids practice counting from 1-20. Playing these kindergarten counting games will not only give them practice in counting, but also help them develop strong number sense. Simply print number games for kindergaten and you are ready to play wile learning numbers for kindergarten.

Free Counting Games

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