Back to School Preschool Math Centers

Little ones need many chances to explore math concepts and skills. These back to school preschool math centers are a great place to start!

These preschool math activities are perfect for helping preschoolers practice color sorting, counting to ten, number recognition, and more.

Add these free preschool printables to your back-to-school activities. The fun back-to-school graphics are sure to grab your preschooler’s attention and engage them with a fun set of math centers.

Back to School Preschool Math Centers

These back to school math centers do require a little bit of prep work, but it’s worth it. Your kids will love all three of them.

There are so many skills to teach preschoolers, and these activities are just the tip of the iceberg. Do a quick search for “math” here on the blog for more fun math activities geared for preschool and kindergarten students.

This free printable includes three hands-on math activities that are designed to help kids ages 3-6 practice counting from 1-10, familiarize themselves with number words, and sort objects by color.

Preparing the Activities

To prepare these math activities, I recommend printing them on cardstock and laminating them for durability.

What’s Included?

Color Sorting

Leave the sorting mats intact after printing and laminating. Place a velcro dot on the five blank spaces at the bottom of each mat.

Cut apart the school supply cards, and put a velcro dot on the backside of each card.

Now, have children identify the color of each backpack. Then, have them sort the school supplies onto the correct mats.

Ten Frames

After printing and laminating the ten frame cards, cut on the dotted line to separate the ten frame cards.

Identify the number in the bottom left-hand corner. Then, use small counters to build the number in the ten frame.

You can use bingo chips, pom poms, or mini erasers to build the numbers.

Counting Puzzles

After printing and laminating the counting puzzles, cut apart the puzzles so you have four separate pieces.

Spread the puzzle tops out, and the spread out the supply pieces. Have children choose a top to work with. Identify the number word and count the children on the bus.

Then, count the school supplies and assemble the puzzles to match all of the pieces with the same numbered sets.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of counting books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Ten Black DotsCount the Animals!: A Fun Picture Puzzle Book for 2-5 Year OldsCurious George Learns to Count from 1 to 100


Ten Black Dots – One dot can make a sun, two dots can make the eyes of a fox, and three dots can make a snowman’s face. And that’s just the beginning in this unique counting book!

Count the AnimalsThere are several types of puzzles in the book; some focus on counting a particular animal, some on a common attribute (i.e. all the animals with tails), while a number of puzzles ask you to count two sets of animals to see which outnumbers the other.

Curious George Counts From 1 to 100 – Curious George is a good little monkey, and always very curious. Now George is curious about numbers. Counting from 1 to 10 is easy, but can he count all the way to 100? George has picked the perfect day to try. It’s his town’s 100th birthday today and everyone is coming out to celebrate!

Math Resources

This wooden number tracing board is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. Trace with your finger, fill with sensory items, practice counting or simply play… there are so many ways to encourage number recognition with this number board!

Wooden number coins are an ideal open-ended toy for toddlers & preschoolers. Encourage your child to learn numbers and counting through play-based learning. Each set contains 21 coins – one for each number from 0-20. 

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