These free counting mats are a great way for toddlers, pre-schoolers, kindergarteners and even grade 1 and 2 children to learn number recognition, practice counting or for review.
Using Counting Mats
By using counting mats, children will be working on their fine motor development, hand-eye coordination, concentration and maths skills.
To make these mats more durable, laminate them. By doing this, these mats will be durable, making them able to be used multiple times with all your children.
With these free counting mats, children can use the included counters, reading the number and then placing the correct number of counters onto the mats. To help increase their fine motor skills, have them use playdough to create balls, objects or make their own counters; let their imagination run wild! It will get them excited about learning. If you are in need of a fun playdough recipe, why not try this one made with crayons, or this edible playdough.
Themed Counting Mats
This massive list currently includes over 25 different sets of themed counting mats that are all free. In addition, this list is always being updated on a regular basis, so you are sure to find a mat that your child will love.
If you want, print the mats out half size, laminate and put in a Ziploc bag with some counters or mini erasers and you have an instant portable math activity for your kids to use while out and about.
Included with each set of mats is one blank mat. Can you think of any other ways to use these mats? How about for increased learning? Children could practice writing numbers on these pages and then adding the correct number of counters, they could create their own scene and then learn to graph the pictures. Include some fun and simple addition and subtraction equations that can be worked out on top of these mats.
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Stacey is a homeschooling Christian mum trying to live a simple, frugal, healthy life. She lives with her husband and two gorgeous boys in the sunshine state of Queensland, Australia. You can check out her blog at Simple Living Creative Learning where you find printables, kids activities, homemaking resources, homeschooling encouragement, and even some recipes!