Today I’m sharing a set of hands-on number worksheets for your preschooler!
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So here’s the deal.
One reason we don’t do many worksheets is because the fine motor skills required for completing a worksheet just aren’t there for many preschoolers. It’s not a good idea to have young kids do a lot of pencil writing when they should be doing playful fine motor activities to strengthen those little hands.
Another reason is that worksheets aren’t very open-ended. If we’re trying to encourage creativity and thinking, we could be stifling both by handing our child a worksheet.
Finally, preschoolers need to learn with hands-on activities. Typical worksheets just don’t allow for that.
Why the big disclaimer?
Because I’m glad you’re here! And I hope you enjoy these. But I want to encourage you to use these as a supplement to more hands-on, active math activities. Not sure where to start? Be sure to check out my math page, where you’ll find over a hundred playful activities and printables to teach your preschooler!
About the worksheets
After all that I have to say that I actually like these number worksheets because I don’t consider them typical worksheets. In fact, your child needs a pencil for just one small part of the worksheet (of course, he can use a crayon or marker too!).
At the top of the page, your child can trace the featured number. My Three does not have a proper pencil grasp yet, so we haven’t done any handwriting pages. He liked tracing these numbers, just like he enjoys writing a wobbly version of the first two letters of his name.
But once was enough! (If your child is truly ready, check out my Letters of All Sizes number pages, which follow the same pattern.)
Next, your child puts down the correct number of stickers in the empty box.
We love Do-a-Dot markers. Great for fine motor practice, and so satisfying to use. Dot the featured number in the next part of the worksheet.
The next part of the page uses a 10-frame. These are big in early elementary math curricula these days, so it’s great to introduce them early. Plus, by putting the counters on the top left and moving toward the right, your child is getting ready to read!
Finally, the last part of the worksheet asks your child to color or paint the correct number of pictures. My little guy enjoys his crayons, but if your preschooler isn’t into coloring, water color painting is a great alternative.
My Three worked through worksheets 1-5 in one sitting, which surprised me. I kept asking if he wanted to take a break, but he was determined to keep going! After five worksheets we abandoned the pile for a stack of good books. 🙂