Practice Counting With Free Leaf Counting Activity
Do you need an engaging and hands-on activity for preschool and kindergarten kids to practice counting? This free leaf counting activity is a fun and simple math center that targets counting skills, one-to-one correspondence, and number recognition.
This free fall counting activity will make practicing numeracy skills fun and engaging for preschoolers and kindergarteners!
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Leaf Counting Activity
Make counting to 20 fun and engaging with this fall counting math center. This activity is helpful for building number sense and practicing counting. Preschool and kindergarten kids will work on the following skills:
- number recognition
- one-to-one correspondence
- counting objects to 20
What Is One-to-One Correspondence?
One-to-one correspondence is a foundational math skill that preschool and kindergarten-aged kids learn. It is the ability to say a number for each object counted. One-to-one correspondence is the understanding that each number has a corresponding quantity.
Here’s What’s Included in the Leaf Counting Activity:
- Leaf Counting Mat in color
- 20 leaf counters in color
- 20 leaf number cards in color
Preparing the Free Leaf Counting Activity
Get your copy of the Leaf Counting Activity Mat (the download form is at the end of the post). Print on cardstock and laminate the pages. Cut apart the number cards and the leaf counters.
- Leaf Counting Activity Printable
How to Use:
Lay out the counting mat, the number cards, and the leaf counters. Kids will pick a number card, and identify the number. Next, they will count and place the corresponding number of counters or small manipulatives on the mat.
Ideas for Use
If you wish, you can opt to use mini plastic leaves, mini erasers, or play dough instead of the leaf counters provided.
For an added sensory element, place the number cards in a sensory bin. Use a shallow bin and fill it with your favorite fall filler. You could use red and orange dyed rice or pasta, black beans, or shredded paper as the filler. For some ideas on how to create or set up sensory bins, check out this post here. Scatter the letter cards in the bin, and invite kids to pick a letter card. They will identify the letter, and then find it on the haunted house letter mat.
Extend the Activity
Want to get more use from this printable? I’ll share with you some other ways to use this resource.
Kids can also practice placing numbers in numerical order. Use a hole punch to make a hole on each side of the number cards. Kids can use math links to link the cards in order.
Print out a second copy of the number cards and cut them apart. You can create a memory game and students can practice visual discrimination and number recognition. Lay the cards upside down and have kids flip them over to try and find a matching pair.
Another way to play with these printables is to sort the leaf counters by color. Grab sheets of paper in the same colors as the leaves. Invite kids to place the leaves on matching colored paper. You can also draw trees on a sheet of paper, and color in the foliage for each tree with the colors of the leaves. Kids can sort the leaves by color and place the leaves around the tree with the matching color.
Free Fall Leaf Counting Activity Download
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Happy counting friends!