Preschoolers can practice counting to twenty with these forest-themed count and clip cards. A preschool counting printable that works fine motor skills, too!
Count and clip cards are great! Kids will count each image on the card. Then, they will identify the correct number. They can use clothespins, paper clips, or even small counters if you don’t have clips available.
Using clothespins, however, will help your child work on their fine motor skills as they pinch the clothespin open to identify the numbers on each card.
Life in the Forest Count and Clip Cards
I love using count and clip cards with preschoolers and kindergarteners. They’re so much fun, and kids get to work on a few skills at once. These count and clip cards feature some pretty cute forest animals that keep kids engaged from the first card to the last.
Setting Up the Activity
Print out the count and clip cards. I suggest printing them on cardstock for stability. I also suggest laminating the puzzles for durability. I’d laminate the whole page before cutting apart the puzzles. This will save you from having to cut them out twice.
Once you’ve laminated your pages, cut the cards apart so that you have twenty individual cards. Now, you’re ready to go.
For Younger Preschoolers
For older toddlers and younger preschoolers, I suggest starting with 1-5 or 1-10. If you’re introducing these cards for the first time, I suggest sharing them one at a time and in numerical order. This will make it easier for little ones to “count on” with each successive card.
Have kids count aloud. This allows you to assess how well your preschooler can count and if they are skipping any numbers. If they are struggling, count with them.
For Older Preschoolers/Kindergarteners
Once your child is proficient with cards 1-10, move on to cards 11-20. Introduce them as you did cards 1-10.
When your child can correctly identify the correct number in order, mix up the cards and let your child work through them out of order. This is a great way to assess your child’s counting skills.
One More Tip
If you want to make this a self-correcting activity, you can put a small sticker behind the correct number (on the back side of the card). This way, your child can clip the correct number and turn the card over to see if they’ve clipped the sticker, too.