It was an exciting moment when my daughter mastered the skill of counting from 1-20. We practiced and practiced for months and when she finally was able to recite the numbers completely on her own, we had a dance party!
Learning to identify and write numbers is an important skill for young children to learn. Counting From 1-20 is the core of any math and something that preschoolers and kindergartners strive to learn.
Unicorn Themed Number and Tracing Cards
There are two sets of cards in this set. Both have adorable unicorn theme, which will be popular with most kids. The first set has bold written numbers to help show children what the number and number word look like, which will help them eventually identify the numbers and number words.
The second set of cards looks very similar, but has dotted line number and number words. These are perfect for helping children learn to write the numbers and number words by allowing them to trace.
There are only a few things that you need for this activity. We like to store all of them together in a ziplock back, that way when a child wants to do the activity, they can grab the bag and go and practice counting From 1-20 whenever they want!
First, print out the number cards. We have either printed on card stock or used regular paper but laminated them.
Cut out each of the cards individually.
I prefer to laminate so that we can use the activities over and over. These cards can be helpful for many things, not just counting and tracing, so by laminating we are able to use them for years essentially.
You can optionally hole punch the top corner of the cards and use a binder ring to hold them together. This is great for taking the activity on the go. I have activities such as this one in my bag at all times for moments when we have to wait. Such as doctor offices, restaurants, in the car, etc.
Once the activity is prepped, there are many ways these cards can be used. The first set is great as a flash card type activity. Turn the cards face down in a pile and turn them over one by one. Have the child say what is on the card, count to that number and then move on to the next.
Another option is to lay all of the cards face down in random spots around the room. Have the child walk around and find the cards. Once one card is found, the child can recite the number and number word then count to that number.
The second set of cards can be played in the same way, but add in tracing the number and number word. If the cards are laminated, dry erase markers work great. If not, the cards can be used with crayons for a single use activity.
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For children that need added challenge, the same activities can be done but use two cards together and ask the child to add the two numbers together.
Another idea similar to this is to mix the cards up in random order, face down in a stack. Have the child pick two cards and write those numbers as an addition or subtraction equation on a piece of paper.