Winter is coming, and what better way to “keep warm” then with a pair of mittens?!
This fun winter themed center activity is perfect for students to work on a variety of skills for numbers 0-10. Using these mitten counting mats, students will work on number recognition, matching, number formation and (of course!) COUNTING!
This activity can be used in multiple ways!
To prep, I printed the cards on cardstock for durability, laminated and then cut them out.
Next, I took a moment to think about how I wanted my students to show the number in the ten frame on the mat.
I decided to let them roll the playdough into little balls to put in the ten frame this time around but you could also have students make dots with a dry erase marker, or even use fun erasers or counters!
Then I grabbed a dry erase marker and eraser for each set so children could practice writing the number on the printing lines and we were ready to play.
Mitten Counting Mats
I first played this game with my students in a small group to make sure that they knew exactly what to do.
Each student picked a coutning mat from a basket and counted the yellow dots on the mitten to figure out what number they were working on. In the example below, the child picked the number eight.
Next, she needed to show that number in the ten frame so the child rolled eight balls of playdough and placed each one in a box.
(If you’re short on time, students can draw the dots with a dry erase marker instead.)
Then she looked through the number cards to find the matching mitten.
Finally, she used her dry erase marker to practice writing that number on the two printing lines at the bottom of the card.
One card after the next, students worked their way through the stack.
When they finished, the children erased their card, cleaned up the playdough and put their counting mats back in the basket for the next group to use.
Grab your download
Are you ready to try these fun number mats out with your students? Click the blue download button below to grab your free mitten counting mats and then hop over to snag our snowflake counting game too.