Finding new and inventive ways to keep interest when practicing math (cause practice makes perfect 😉 ) can be a challenge sometimes! Using themed items such as ladybugs, rainbows etc can bring a new learning dimension altogether.
Today I have a lovely ladybug theme that covers numbers 1 to 20. The cards themselves can break into 3 sections for the more advanced learner or just 2 if you are in the middle or simple one for a beginner.
Use the one card approach as a flash card or simply a counting exercise.
Use the 2 card method (as pictured) as a match the numbers of lady bugs to the correct numbers.
Use the 3 card idea for advanced learners using the name and number of the number as separate cards.
You can also use the lower number / word combinations in conjunction with the zero flower card with manipulatives. This adds in a fine motor aspect for the child and a physical item to count.
Another idea is to use buttons on the cards that include the ladybugs to cover the ladybugs as they are counted.
This set is for 1-20 numbers and the 11-20 set include 2 flowers. One with 10 and the other with the corresponding 1-10 number.
Want more awesome themed ideas for bugs?
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Ladybug Life Cycle Wheel // The STEM Laboratory
Bug Puzzles (Beginning Sounds) // Fairy Poppins
Bug Subtraction Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Ladybug Editable Sight Word Puzzles // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Printable Ladybug Letter Puzzles and Sensory Bin // Fun-A-Day
Simple Outdoor Ant Experiment // Science Kiddo
Ladybug One More One Less Activity // Fantastic Fun and Learning
Bug Jar Addition and Subtraction Mats // Fun Learning for Kids
Counting Ants Math Game // Mrs. Jones’ Creation Station
Insect Theme Prewriting Practice // Stay at Home Educator
I Spy Bugs Sensory Bin // Teach Me Mommy
Insect Printable Sorting Worksheet // Fun with Mama
Bug Counting Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Ladybug Counting Cards 1-20 // Powerful Mothering
Butterfly Life Cycle Mini Book Freebie // The Primary Post
Homemade Butterfly Playdough Kit // Sugar Spice and Glitter
CVC Bug Matching Game // Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten
Bug Story Problems // Recipe for Teaching
Bugs: How Many Syllables? // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Bug Theme Bingo Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Ten Frame Game More and Less // Sara J Creations
Buggy Partner Cards // Simplified Classroom