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Kindergarten Math Activities: Number

Counting Rhymes
Kindergarten Math Journal

This page provides examples of Kindergarten Number Activities aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All activities are suitable for use in Math Centers, small group or whole class settings and are designed to provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. All files for the Kindergarten Number Activities listed are in PDF format and can be accessed using Adobe Reader. For more K math ideas click on the eBook covers on the left.


K.CC1 Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Possible Activities:

Dinosaur Puzzle 1

Dinosaur Puzzle 2
Fire Engine Puzzle
Double Decker Bus Puzzle
School Bus Puzzle
Taxi Puzzle
Zoo Puzzle
Missing Number Game
Missing Number Before, After, Between
Counting Rhymes
Counting Read Alouds
Counting Bear Count
Pattern Block Count 1
Pattern Block Count 2
Lego Count

 Kinder Counting Activities
Do You Dare?

K. CC2 Count forward beginning from a given
number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Possible Activities:

Counting on Cup
Count on Two More
Show One More
One More on the Ten Frame
Nearby Teens Game
Cross the Decade

K.CC3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).

Possible Activities:
Race to Trace (1-6)
Race to Trace (2-12)
Race to Trace (11-22)
Dice Race
Representing Numbers in 3 Ways
Numeral Handwriting Sheets 1-10

More Handwriting 1-9
Handwriting Sheets 11-20
Missing Numbers (1-10)
Missing Numbers (1-20)

Missing Numbers 1-20

Count to tell the number of objects
K.CC4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
a. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
b. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
c. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.

Possible Activities:
My Counting Book (print double sided)
Five Frame Match
Five Frame Flash
Five Frame Numeral Match
Five Frame Concentration
Blank Five Frame
Ten Frame Dice Match
Ten Frame Flash
Ten Frame Numeral Match
Fill the Frame (1-10)
Fill the Frames (1-20)

*Blank 5 and 10 frames and enlarged frames with dots can be found on the Math Resources page.

K.CC5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.

Possible Activities:
Picture, Numeral Word Match Cards (0-10)  
Domino Jigsaws
Number Jigsaws
Counting Cup
Playdough Numbers

Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
The Enormous Watermelon
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Ten Black Dots
Rooster's Off to See the World

Playdough Numbers

 Counting Fun!
Ten Black Dots
The Hungry Caterpillar
The Enormous Watermelo
Favorite Counting Read Alouds for Kindergarten!

Compare numbers
K.CC6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group
Possible Activities:
Greater Than/Less Than

K.CC7 Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Greater Than
Less Than


K-2 Addition and Subtraction Strategies eBook

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Possible Activities:
Addition Plate
How Many Bears in the Cave?
Unifix Towers
Make 5 on the Five Frame

K.OA2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g. by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Possible Activities:
Dot Card Addition Dot Cards 1-12
Part Whole Mats
Domino Addition
My Ten Frame Riddle

K.OA3 Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g. by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g. 5= 2 + 3 and 5 = 4+1)

Possible Activities:
Addition Bag
Hide the Cubes
Make 10 on the Ten Frame
5 Little Ducks
5 Gingerbread Men
10 Oranges

Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
Ten Flashing Fireflies
Mouse Count
What is the ratio of student vs teacher talk in your classroom?
Ten Flashing Fireflies
Counting Read Alouds

K.OA4 For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
Possible Activities:
Facts of Ten
Make 10
Making Apple Ten Packs

K.OA5 Fluently add and subtract within five
Sums of Five
Five Squares
Facts of Five
Shake 5 and Spill


Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value
K.NBT1 Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g. 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
Possible Activities:
11-19 Puzzles
Dot and Numeral Cards (11-20)
Cubes on the Ten Frame
Teens on the Ten Frame
Teens on the Ten Frame Book 1
Teens on the Ten Frame Book 2
*N.B. Font used on Teens on Ten Frame books is Primer Print.
Tens and Ones with Unifix Cubes
My Double Ten-Frame Riddle
Teens on the Rekenrek

More Kindergarten Number Read-Alouds

More Kindergarten Number Resources

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