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Hands-On Spring Popsicle Stick Tally Marks Activity for Kindergarten

Preschool and Kindergarten age children are taught number sense, including using tally marks. Using tally marks is a super easy way to count objects, even high numbers. You can work on teaching tally marks to kindergarten by just telling them, which is great, but they can really solidify how they work with a hands-on Tally Marks Activity. Use this kindergarten spring math as a fun spring activity for kindergarten.

Preschool and Kindergarten age children are taught number sense, including using tally marks. Using tally marks is a super easy way to count objects, even high numbers. You can work on teaching tally marks to kindergarten by just telling them, which is great, but they can really solidify how they work with a hands-on Tally Marks Activity. Use this kindergarten spring math as a fun spring activity for kindergarten.

Tally Marks Activity

We used popsicle sticks to represent the tally marks. They are the same shape as a drawn line, just as tally marks are, and they are easily manipulated and moved to become the tally mark groups that you need, for the number 5. 

We took it one step further and used a Spring theme. I created printable number cards, with flowers on them and also included flowers that can be glued to the top of each popsicle stick to make it extra fun. 

Flower Printables

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Teaching tally marks to kindergarten

For this, you’ll need:

  • 10 Popsicle Sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Included Printables

Start by cutting out the number cards and the decorative flowers. Take the glue and glue the flowers onto the top of the popsicle sticks. This helps engage children even more, adding a fun theme to the activity. 

Spring activity for kindergarten

Spring Math

After the glue has dried, mix up the number cards. Have your child pick a number. Once the number is identified, ask them to make that number with the popsicle sticks as tally marks.

The cards are for numbers 1-10.

flower number card says 5 so 5 popsicle sticks are set out to make a 5 tally mark

Kindergarten spring math

You can add other parts of number sense to this activity too. Besides just identifying the number, kids can say the number out loud and count to that number out loud. You could even have a piece of paper and pencil near by to ask them to write the number and even the number word. If they aren’t ready for writing yet, you could write it and they can trace it.

Teaching tally marks to kindergarten

Spring activity for kindergarten

There are so many options with these Popsicle Stick Tally Marks. It’s a fun, hands on activity to help children really dive into number sense and understand how tally marks work. 

Alternative Idea: Use the popsicle sticks in the same way, but have them colored or painted in rainbow colors. That would add a different type of spring theme to the activity. 

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Spring Science

Check out these outrageously FUN spring science experiments for kids:

FREE Sunflower Alphabet Printable Puzzles - this is such a fun alphabet activity for preschool, prek, and kindergarten age kids to practice matching upper and lowercase letters #alphabet #fall #preschool spring flower counting game FREE Flower Sight Word Maze - help pre k, kindergarten, and first grade students practice key sight words to improve reading readiness and fluency while having fun with a no prep educational activity for spring or summer. Fun kindergarten worksheets for april, may, and june with kindergartners.

Flower Printables

Looking for some fun, educational spring theme ideas to make learning fun this April and May? Check out these fun resources:

free-planting-carrot-cvc-words-activity free-spring-showers-letter-matching use jelly beans to practice counting with this easter math activity where students will count, trace numbers, and work on one to one correspondence

Spring Printables

Spring Counting

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Deanna

Deanna Hershberger is a work at home mom, coffee obsessed, a diy addict and a Netflix binger. She spends her days playing and making with her daughter and enjoys quiet nights at home with her husband. She shares all of this on her blog Play Dough & Popsicles.

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