Memorizing numbers and understanding the meaning of counting are two totally different things. Grab these free counting numbers printables to assist you in helping your students to understand what counting really means.
Many times we teach kids our little ones to recognize numbers, however soon after that, we should be explaining what those numbers actually mean.
Helping your little ones understand the concepts of numbers and counting is a developmental learning process, so don’t feel rushed if your little one is not ready.
When I was an early learning teacher I taught the youngest and biggest class. Parents and other teachers were amazed at how I got the kids to say their alphabet and numbers up to 20. These kids were 2 and 3 years old.
That was impressive to them but honestly, I was just building a foundation for when they were ready to understand and learn the concepts behind the numbers and letters.
Understanding concepts is a whole new ball game. The nitty-gritty of learning to count is how the rest of math is perceived, so it’s pretty important.
Give your kids a good experience in counting then build upon that to make math a subject they don’t mind tackling.
I think many fears behind mathematics in the process of teaching and learning is that steps are skipped. Math is a sequential progression and if one of those sequences is lost then the future math sequences will not fall into place the way they should.
Here are a few ways to start teaching the concept of counting with your students to improve and encourage understanding.
Use visuals and hands-on learning.
My all-time favorite device to use is the colorful abacus. With an abacus, students can maneuver and visually see the concept of counting. Items are added or taken away, yet are all connected.
You can count the beads with them and gradually assign some tasks to do as well. Your student is learning the concept of numbers and counting while working their fine motor skills and color recognition. An abacus is a must-have when you are being intentional about teaching number concepts to kids.
You might as well get kids used to money. Yes, there are a lot of germs on coins; I understand all my germaphobe moms. I get it. However, exposing kids to learning about money early on will get them in the mindset of how we will be using it in the future.
Playing games is always a hit with kids. When we incorporate learning with fun, information just sticks. How about the age-old game of Hopscotch.
Literally, all you need is the ground outside and chalk. In addition to counting, these types of games get kids outside and active. Outdoor time and learning is a huge benefit to our students.
This is only for a season, make everything about counting.
Counting is a part of our daily lives, so don’t make it just a part of your homeschool hours. Make everything about counting during this time.
If it’s snack time, have your little one separate berries or grapes into baggies. They can also divide up the snacks for all the siblings in your home.
Taking a car ride? Have your little ones count how many red cars they see, or how many stop signs you pass by. In the grocery store, have your kids count how many of an item you need.
The best thing we can do to help our little ones with understanding the concept of numbers and counting is to make learning interactive, make it relevant, make it fun, help them use the world around them to make connections between numbers and quantity, then one more thing.
Provide as much practice as possible.
Use these free printables for counting to give your kids ample practice for understanding numbers, how to count, and how we use them.
Counting practice with games:
Race To 100: An Awesome FREE Counting Game for Kinders | Simply Kinder
Count to 10 Ice Cream Math Craft (FREE Printable) | Kindergarten Worksheets and Games
Preschool Math Counting Game + FREE Printable! | Mego on the Go
Counting using hands-on clip cards:
Transportation FREE Count & Clip Cards #1-20 | The Measured Mom
Printable Road Traffic FREE Clip Counting Cards 1-12 | Miniature Masterminds
Cookie Count and FREE Clip Cards | Playdough to Plato
FREE Counting Activity: Fruit Themed Count and Clip Cards | Buggy and Buddy
Printable Bumblebee FREE Count and Clip Cards | From ABC to Acts
NEW! Count to 10 Vegetable FREE Clip Cards | 123Homeschool4Me
Peg The Dot Number Counting Cards with FREE Printable | Laughing Kids Learn
Dinosaur FREE Counting Cards | The Kindergarten Connection
Apple Tree FREE Counting Cards | Totschooling
Ocean Count and Clip FREE Cards | A Dab of Glue Will Do
FREE Apple Seed Counting Cards | Modern Preschool
Ocean Count and Clip Cards (FREE) | Homeschool Preschool
Community Helper Vehicles Count & FREE Clip Cards | Modern Preschool
Princess FREE Printable Preschool Clip Counting Cards 1 -16 | Miniature Masterminds
FREE Printable Math Counting Cards | Nurture Store
FREE Printable Number Flashcards (+ Counting Cards) | The Many Little Joys
Match & Count FREE Printable Number Cards 1-10 | Powerful Mothering
Resources for counting to ten:
FREE Printable 1-10 Candy Counting Puzzles | Fantastic Fun and Learning
Counting Objects to 10 Worksheets FREE Printables | Kindergarten Printables
FREE Transportation Theme Printable for Counting to 10 | Life Over Cs
Counting Leaves On Trees Printable : FREE Counting 1-10 | Fluffy Tots
FREE Printable Bug Counting To 10 Puzzles | Passionate Homeschooling
FREE printable math worksheets count to 5 | Math Skills 4 Kids
Resources for counting to 100:
Learn to Count To 100: Place the Ones FREE Printable Math Activity | A Little Pinch of Perfect
Counting To 100 FREE Printables | Mrs Jones Creation Station
FREE Numbers to 100 – before, in between, after | Planes and Balloons
Paperclip Counting 1-20 (FREE Printable) | Powerful Mothering
Activities and resources to learn all about counting in your homeschool:
Nature Walk & Count – Gross Motor Math Activity (and FREE Printable) | No Time For Flash Cards
FREE Printable Crayon Box Roll and Count | Life Over Cs
FREE Printable Apple Counting Activity for Johnny Appleseed Day | Fun Hand Print Art
Watermelon Seed Counting FREE Download | From ABC to Acts
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie FREE Counting Mats | Teaching with Children’s Books
Fingerprint Counting FREE Printables | 123Homeschool4Me
Feed the Squirrels FREE Counting Activity | Preschool Play
Feed the Penguin FREE Counting Mats | Modern Preschool
At the Zoo Counting FREE Worksheet | Worksheets-to-Print
FREE Math Printables Number Book | Mess for Less
Flower Count the Room FREE Printables | Fun Learning for Kids
One to One Correspondence FREE Counting Mats (#1-20) | The Measured Mom
Cookie Jar Counting FREE Math Activity | Fun Early Learning
School Supply Unifix Cubes Counting Activity Mats | Kindergarten Connection
Caterpillar Counting Activity – FREE Printable Worksheet for Preschoolers | Modern Homestead Mama
FREE Counting Printables For Kids | Kids Activities
FREE Counting Activities and Printables for Kindergarten | Life Over Cs
Dump Truck FREE Printable Counting Mat | The Measured Mom
FREE Printable Play Dough Mats | Pre-KPages
Orange Tree Counting Activity with FREE Printable | Totschooling
FREE Printable French Fry Number Count And Math Activities | Crafts Meet Kids
15 Preschool Counting Songs, Fingerplays & Rhymes | Childhood 101
Unicorn Count and Cover Counting FREE Activity | Fun Learning for Kids
4 FREE Silly Monster Printables for Counting to Ten | Life Over Cs
Counting Raindrops Preschool FREE Printable | School Time Snippets
FREE Bug Counting Puzzles Printable | Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Counting Activities For Kids: Counting At Home (FREE Printable) | Early Learning Ideas
FREE Counting to 5 Game: Construction Theme | Life Over Cs
Printable FREE Numbers and Counting Activities | Fun Learning for Kids
FREE Count By 10 Printables | Free Printable for Kids
FREE Flower Counting Activity | Kindergarten Connection
Printable FREE Number Match Puzzles | Simply Kinder
Literature and Math Using Counting | Mrs Jones Creation Station
19 FREE Counting Activities for Kindergarten | Simply Kinder
FREE Printable Counting Preschool Weather Worksheets | The Keep of Memories
Numbers 123 Count Apples Dot FREE Activity| Free Preschool Coloring Sheets
50+ Numbers 123 FREE Coloring Pages | Free Preschool Coloring Sheets
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!