KINDERGARTEN NUMBER ACTIVITIES



This page provides samples 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 sample files are in PDF format
. Sample activities listed in blue are available for immediate download. Activities listed in **grey are included in our Kindergarten Math Centers eBook.


                                       KINDERGARTEN NUMBER ACTIVITIES: COUNTING AND CARDINALITY

Know number names and count sequence
K.CC.A.1 
Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
Sample Activities:
Number Puzzles 1-10
Counting Cards (Set 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Count by Tens
** Count by Tens to 100 

Number Puzzles 1-10Number Puzzles 1-10

K. CC.A.2 Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
Sample Activities:
Count on Cup   
Count on Two More
Cross the Decade  
Nearby Numbers (ver. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Counting Cards (Set 2)
** Show One More
** Missing Number Game
** Nearby Numbers (ver. 2)
** Nearby Numbers (ver. 3)


K.CC.A.3 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).

Sample Activities:
Writing Numerals (1-10)
Missing Numbers 1-10
Dice Race (1-6)
My Counting Book
Show it Three Ways (ver. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Pattern Block Count (ver. 2)
** More Handwriting (1-9)
** Writing Numerals (11-20)
** Missing Numbers 1-20
** Show it Three Ways (ver. 2)
** Race to Trace (1-6)
** Race to Trace (2-12)
** Race to Trace (11-22)
** Dice Race (2-12)

Missing Numbers 1-20Missing Numbers 1-20
Dice Race 2-12 (ver. 1)
Dice Race 2-12 (ver. 2)

Count to tell the number of objects
K.CC.B.4 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.

Sample Activities:
Roll and Cover (1-20) 
Playdough Numbers
Five Frame Flash
Five Frame Match
Five Frame Numeral Match
Five Frame Concentration
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Pattern Block Count (ver. 1)
** Counting Bear Count
** Lego Count
** Number Path Towers
** Roll and Fill
** Build Five Towers
** Ordering Numerals
** Number Jigsaws
** Ten Frame Dice Match
** Ten Frame Flash
** Ten Frame Numeral Match
** Roll and Cover (1-10)
** Fill the Frame (1-10)
** Fill the Frames (1-20)

Playdough NumbersPlaydough Numbers

K.CC.B.5 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. 

Sample Activities: 
Counting Cup                             
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
Ten Black Dots
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Enormous Watermelon
Rooster's off to See the World
Also included in K Math Centers:
** 0-10 Numeral, Word, Picture Cards
** Counting Jigsaws 0-25
** Domino Jigsaws
** Domino Match

Counting Jigsaws

Compare numbers
K.CC.C.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group
e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
Sample Activities:
Who Has More?
Making Sets (ver. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Making Sets (ver. 2)

** Making Sets (ver. 3)
** Who Has Less?

K.CC.C.7 Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Sample Activities:
Greater Than
Less Than


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KINDERGARTEN MATH ACTIVITIES: OPERATIONS AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING

Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from
K.OA.A.1
 Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
Sample Activities:
Show One Less
Towers of Five
Make 5 on the Five Frame (ver. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Addition Plate
** Bears in the Cave
** Make 5 on the Five Frame (ver. 2)
** Ten Frame Addition

K.OA.A.2 Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g. by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
Sample Activities:
Add To: Result Unknown Problems
Both Addends Unknown Problems
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Take From: Result Unknown Problems 
** Put Together/Take Apart: Total Unknown Problems

Take From: Result Unknown (within 10)
Both Addends Unknown (within 10)
Add To: Result Unknown (within 10)

K.OA.A.3 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).

Sample Activities:
Addition Bag
Shake 5 and Spill

Hide the Cubes
Domino Addition
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Part Whole Mat
** Five Squares
** 5 Little Ducks
** 5 Gingerbread Men
** 10 Oranges
** Dot Card Addition

Dot Card AdditionDot Card Addition

K.OA.A.4 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.

Sample Activities:
Towers of Ten
Make 10 on the Ten Frame (ver. 1)
Math Read Aloud Task Cards:
Mouse Count 
Ten Flashing Fireflies
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Make Ten
** Make 10 on the Ten Frame (ver. 2)
** Making Apple Ten Packs
** Sums of Ten

Ten Flashing Fireflies
Mouse Count

K.OA.A.5 Fluently add and subtract within five.
Sample Activities:
Fast Five
Minus One
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Make Five
** Sums of Five
** Plus One

Fast FiveFast Five
Plus-and-Minus-One-Games

           KINDERGARTEN MATH ACTIVITIES: NUMBERS AND OPERATIONS IN BASE TEN

Work with numbers 11-19 to gain foundations for place value
K.NBT.A.1 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.

Sample Activities:
Teen Counting Cup
Ten Ones and More Ones (ver. 1)
Teen Match
Teen Puzzles
Also included in K Math Centers:
** Ten Frame Teens
** Ten Ones and More Ones (ver. 2)
** My Teens on the Ten Frame Book 
** Guess My Teen Number
** Decomposing Teen Numbers
** Teens on the Rekenrek

Teens on the Ten Frame Book
Teen PuzzlesTeen Puzzles

Kindergarten Number Read Alouds


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