Looking for some free counting games? You’ll love the variety in this bundle!
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Have you been following along with our Print & Play series? Each week, I share a free math game for K-2, and This Reading Mama shares a literacy game. These games are designed to be super low-prep. Just grab a few materials, print, and play!
A bonus is that these games are designed for single players.
This week I’m sharing a counting game that has six different levels of play. The rules are the same for each board.
1. Put your playing piece anywhere on the outside path.
2. Roll the die and move that number of spaces (either direction works).
3. When you land on a picture, count the number of objects.
4. Find the matching number in the center Bingo board and cover it or dot it (we love our Do-a-Dot markers!)
5. When you have five in a row on your Bingo board, the game is over.
Even though the games are designed for K-2, some preschoolers will be able to play the first few games. My 3 1/2 year old needed constant help remembering when to roll the die and where to move, but he liked counting the bears on the first game and dotting the matching number.
He wanted to play another game, so I printed Game 2. In this game he had to count the dots on the ten frame. The idea is that if your child is in kindergarten he would be eventually be able to know what number is represented on each ten frame without actually counting each dot. Being able to look at a group of objects and automatically know how many they are is called subitizing.
My Three only knows 1, 2, and 3 objects without counting them. He played this game for a little while, and then grew tired.
Meanwhile, my Five (going into kindergarten) enjoyed this game, which required him to count the fingers on each hand and find the matching number. He knew many of the numbers without counting the fingers.
My Six (who is entering first grade) learned about tally marks in kindergarten and enjoyed this version (Game 4).
My Eight (entering third grade) was happy to play Game 5, in which she counted by tens and ones. “This is too easy, Mom.”
She was eager to do Game 6, which gave her the chance to count by fives and ones with large groups of tally marks. She had to be a little more careful with this one.
We had a lot of fun with our counting games and hope you will too!