Once children are able to identify numbers and are counting numbers in preschool and kindergarten we can focus in on different way to represent the same number. Doing so will help strengthen number sense skills. Initially we can show how to represent a number with numerals, in word form, on fingers, and with sets of objects. Then we can also show different ways to compose a number. Of course, we want to make this as hands-on and interactive as possible, and these Spider Counting Numbers Printable Mats are a fun way to do just that. Use them for your Halloween theme or spider theme activities.
Spider Counting Numbers Printable Mats
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Activities to do with your Spider Counting Games
When possible I love for any printable I use to have the potential to be used in many different ways so kids can have multiple experiences with them, and I can save planning time.
These spider number games give you a ton of options!
First you’ll want to decide what manipulatives you’d like to use. Any spider toys will work! Try spider rings, spider buttons, spider mini erasers, or make your own pom pom spiders (just skip the ring part in the tutorial).
Kids can practice counting out sets to match the number on the counting mat. The free printable includes mats for numbers zero through ten. Use them all and spread out across the table or floor, or limit them to a specific set of numbers to help kids hone in on those numbers in particular.
Want to add in even more fine motor practice? Grab some play dough!
Here we added play dough balls to match the number and then pressed spiders into the balls (adding another opportunity for fine motor work).
The counting mats also include printable spiders with different ways to show each number.
There are five different spiders for each counting mat.
Use them all, or start with two or three of them. Then add in additional options as kids are ready for them.
As kids develop skill in identifying the different ways to show each number you can extend the counting games by having kids use each spider as a cue card.
As they pull each spider kids can write or show the number in the same way. For the number, number word, and ten frame we usually draw on the mat with a dry erase marker. For the hands we count on our hands, and for the domino spider we find different dominoes to match the number (it may be helpful to narrow down your set of dominoes a bit if you have a very large set for kids to search through.)
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The 132-page Halloween Lesson Plan Set includes hands-on activities and these additional printables:
1) -at Word Family Bat Game (in color and b/w)
2) Candy Corn Science Experiment Recording Sheet (in color and b/w)
3) Candy Corn Uppercase, Lowercase, and Beginning Sound Picture Puzzles for Letters C, A, N, D, Y, H, O and R (in color and b/w)
4) Candy Corn Counting Cards 1-10 (in color and b/w)
5) Halloween Costume Syllable Sorting Activity (in color and b/w)
6) Haunted House Colors Board Game-3 variations to work on color recognition or color word recognition (in color and b/w)
7) “Look at the Costumes” Emergent Reader-3 variations
8) 0-35 Halloween Number Cards (in color and b/w)
9) Halloween Roll and Graph Math Game (in color and b/w)
10) Halloween Picture-Word Cards (in color and b/w)
11) Build a Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Mats and Shape Pieces
12) My Jack-o-Lantern Recording Sheets-2 variations, one to focus on shape recognition and one to focus on writing
13) Spider Number Mats and Ways to Show Numbers 0-10
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