Kindergarten Math Centers




This page provides samples of Kindergarten number activities suitable for use in math centers, small group, or whole class settings. All activities are designed to elicit a range of responses and provide opportunities for students to communicate their reasoning and mathematical thinking. Download the sample activities under each standard or purchase the Kindergarten Math Centers eBook and have all the Number, Geometry, Measurement and Data Centers you’ll need for the entire school year in one convenient digital file.


Know number names and the 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 

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 (v. 2)
Nearby Numbers (v. 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 (v. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:

Pattern Block Count (v. 2)
More Handwriting (1-9)
Writing Numerals (11-20)
Missing Numbers 1-20
Show it Three Ways (v. 2)
Race to Trace (1-6)
Race to Trace (2-12)
Race to Trace (11-22)
Dice Race (2-12)

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 (v. 1)

Counting Bear 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)

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:
en 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

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 (v. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
Making Sets (v. 2)

Making Sets (v. 3)
Who Has Less?

K.CC.C.7 Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
Included in K Math Centers:
Greater Than
Less Than

K.CC.A.1 Count by Tens
K.CC.A.2  Nearby Numbers ver.2

K-2 Math Tool Kit

K.CC.B.4  Five Frame Numeral Match

Counting Jigsaws 0-25

Who Has Less?

MORE KINDERGARTEN RESOURCES - click on a cover for more information

Counting Rhymes
K-2 Math Tool Kit
K-2 Addition & Subtraction Strategies
Kindergarten Math Journals: Spanish
K-2 Math Projects
Kindergarten Math Centers
Kindergarten Math Journals
K-5 Math EBook Sampler
Kindergarten Math Bundle
K-5 Math EBook Sampler


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 (v. 1)
Also included in K Math Centers:
Addition Plate
Bears in the Cave
Make 5 on the Five Frame (v. 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:
Word Problems (within 10)
Add To: Result Unknown 
Both Addends Unknown 
Also included in K Math Centers:

Take From: Result Unknown 
Put Together/Take Apart: Total Unknown 

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
Domino 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 (v. 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 (v. 2)
Making Apple Ten Packs
Sums of Ten

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


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 (v. 2)
My Teens on the Ten Frame Book 
Guess My Teen Number
Decomposing Teen Numbers
Teens on the Rekenrek