November 12, 2022
Spring Number Recognition Counting Game for Kindergarten 1-20

Spring Number Recognition Counting Game for Kindergarten 1-20


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Celebrate spring while practicing pre-k and kindergarten math with this super cute,  counting games for kindergarten 1-20. This number recognition games 1-20 is a great way to improve math skills while having fun with the free printable board game filled with pretty flowers and happy bunny rabbits. Simply print pdf file with numbers to 20 board game and you are read for a spring math activity.
Celebrate spring while practicing pre-k and kindergarten math with this super cute,  counting games for kindergarten 1-20. This number recognition games 1-20 is a great way to improve math skills while having fun with the free printable board game filled with pretty flowers and happy bunny rabbits. Simply print pdf file with numbers to 20 board game and you are read for a spring math activity.

Counting games for kindergarten 1-20

One of the trickiest concepts for preschoolers and kindergartners to master is a deep understanding of the numbers 11-20. While they may be able to count all the way to 20 (and usually very proudly and enthusiastically), they may not truly understand them. So I hope this spring themed counting games for kindergarten 1-20 will not only teach your children to recognize the numbers 11-20 and their names, but also deepen their conceptual understanding by playing a free printable number recognition games 1-20.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this numbers to 20 games. Use this as extra practice at home, math center in the classroom, or supplement to your homeschool math curriculum.

Numbers to 20 board game

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Number recognition games 1-20

Where does the challenge with the numbers 11-20 come from?

The first challenge is in understanding one-to-one correspondence. This means they need to recognize that the number corresponds to the quantity of what’s being counted. That the last number spoken answers the question, “how many?” Even more challenging, though, is a place value understanding of these numbers, which is made even more difficult by the English language. The words for these numbers do not correspond to the place value like larger numbers do.  The numbers twenty and beyond use the suffix ‘ty’ to mean tens. So twenty-four means, “two-ty four, “ or “two tens and four ones.” But eleven? What? This doesn’t describe the number as one ten and one one, and so on.

This is why the goal of this game is to help young kids understand these numbers as representing a quantity that is “one ten and some ones.” Then as they play, count and recognize the numeral, the other pieces of understanding will come as well. For another visual model of these numbers as “a ten and some ones,” see these interactive counting pages. Another model that is using sticky notes to display the numbers.

Spring Numbers Counting Game

Numbers to 20 games

To get started, you will need to print the game board and the question cards. I suggest printing all of these pages on card stock and laminating them for durability. I would also suggest printing two sets of cards so that you have plenty and aren’t constantly shuffling and restarting the card pile. Then cut out the cards, shuffle them and place them face down next to the game board.

Spring Numbers Counting to 20 Game

Games with numbers 1-20

To begin, all players place their game pieces at start.

Then the first player draws a card from the pile. Each card will either say, “Move ahead…” or “Move backward…” by counting something on the card.

They then count the quantity shown on their card and move to the nearest number (either forward or backward, depending on what the card says) on the game board.

For example, if their card says, “Move ahead to the nearest number by counting the spots,” and the bugs show a total of 12 spots, they move forward to the nearest twelve.

math game for kindergarten perfect for math center, homeschool, math practice

1-20 game

Or if it says, “Move backward…” and the total number of spots is twelve, they would move backward to the nearest twelve.

Players then take turns drawing a card, counting and moving their game piece accordingly around the game board.

The first player to land on the “Finish” space is the winner!

Spring Counting Game

Count to 20 game

If you have an older child who has mastered their understanding of the numbers 11-20, you can use the game board to practice addition within 20.

Simply grab a deck of cards and remove the face cards. Take turns drawing two cards and add the numbers together. Then move forward to the correct number.

Or you could change the rules so that you move to the closest number, even if it’s backward. For instance, if you are on twelve and the sum of your cards is eighteen, you’re actually closer to the eighteen behind you than moving forward to the next eighteen.

However you decide to use this game with your youngest mathematicians, I hope it will provide ample practice with a variety of important math concepts.

farm writing numbers in words worksheets If your child is working on those tricky teen numbers, you will love these handy, free printable number worksheets 11-20. These numbers 1 to 20 worksheet pages are perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten age students. Young children will have fun learning to recognize numbers and count to 20 while working on their handwriting and fine motor skills with these numbers 11-20 worksheets. Simply print the number worksheets for kindergarten and you are ready to go! color by code worksheets

Number Worksheets

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Flower Printables

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

Kindergarten Book List Turn practicing addition into a fun activity as children get to become detectives with these free printable Addition Crack the Code Worksheets. These are perfect for kindergarten and first grade students working on addition within 20.  Kindergarten Spelling Words Practice Your kid are going to BEG to practice math with this outrageously FUN subtraction activity for kindergarten, preschool, pre-k, and first graders. Children will practice subtraction within 10 using playdough and our free printable playdough mats. This subtraction smash turns the chore of teaching subtraction into a fun math game for kids! Simply print pdf file with subtraction games for kids and you are ready to play and learn!

Kindergarten Printables

FREE Crack the Code Printables - CVC Words Make reading and spelling fun with these free printable Crack the Code Printables where pre k, kindergarten, and grade 1 students will practice listening for beginning sounds to solve the case! Crayon CVC WOrds Activity FREE-Printable-CVC-Word-Puzzles-Activity-for-Kindergarten-595xh These word family sliders are a fun way for Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students to work on their fine motor skills while gaining confidence reading. Practice reading kindergarten word famlies with this set of 20 word family printables! Each one has a different theme and words on a different word family for kids! Simply print word family worksheets pdf file to print in color or blackline and have fun with this engaging word family activity.

Kindergarten Phonics

Make teaching kids about weather fun and EASY with this free weather unit. These Weather Worksheets help kids explore a variety of weather topics as well as some weather themed worksheet for early math and literacy too. Use these free weather printables as preschool, 1st grade, 2nd, grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade and kindergarten weather worksheets. Simply print pdf file with weather worksheets for kids and you are ready to learn! This fun hands-on human body for kids activity is such a fun way to learn about our amazing bodies! These free printable Human Body Playdough Mats are a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about what is inside our body. Children will make a play doh human body with these playdough mats to learn about our  bones, skeletal system, muscles, organs, play doh digestive system, and more! Use these playdough mats as part of a study of the human body for kids study with toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd grade students. Kids will love that they can add the body parts to the free playdough mats making it a truly hands on science activity. this outrageously FUN human body preschool project using free printables allows kids to learn about what is inside my body

Kindergarten Activities

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    Trish Weaver

    I love these ideas!