Fun Free Summer Counting Mats
Summer is just around the corner and school is almost done for the year! Today I am sharing a simple math activity for practicing counting to 10. It is a set of summer counting mats that cover numbers 1 to 10.
These counting mats include a traceable number, pictures to count, and a ten frame to fill in. With fun summer colors and pictures preschool, and kindergarten kids will enjoy using these counting mats.
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Summer Counting Mats
Use these free Summer Counting Mats for kids to practice counting. While kids use these mats they are practicing a variety of skills. The skills include:
- number identification
- 1:1 correspondence
- fine motor skills
Preparing the Summer Counting Mats
This math center requires little preparation. Download the resource, print, and laminate the pages. You can either cut the pages or leave 2 mats on a page. You may also place the mats in sheet protector pockets.
Ideas for Use
Invite kids to use fun manipulatives like play dough. Kids can trace and count the images, then roll and place small play dough balls on the ten frame.
If your kids love mini erasers like mine do, use them as counters to fill in the ten-frame.
Extend the Activity
These Summer Counting Mats are also great for learning to make 10. Kids will identify the number on the mat and count the number of pictures. Next, they place the corresponding number of balls of play dough on the ten frame. After, they count how many empty squares there are. Using a different color, kids place balls of play dough on the remaining squares.
You can even have kids write the equations for each number once they have filled in the ten frame. It is a fun visual way to practice addition fact fluency within 10.
Free Summer Counting Mats Download
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I hope you and your kids enjoy these counting mats!