Few things are quite as exciting to kids as monsters. These playful counting mats put all of that excitement to great use – giving children practice with number recognition, counting AND ten frames.
They’re also the perfect compliment to our best-selling playdough mats!
To prep, I simply printed the monster counting mats on cardstock to give them extra durability. Likewise, if you’re planning to use them in the classroom, laminating them is a great idea.
I grabbed a small bowl of googly eyes and a second bowl with Cheerios kids could use for counting chips. (Goldfish, playdough balls or pom poms would work as monster snacks, too.)
Then, I called Little Sister (age 4) over to join me!
Monster Counting Mats
The activity was pretty self explanatory, so Little Sister settled into the routine quickly.
She read the number in the upper righthand corner of the mat and then grabbed a matching number of eyes from the bowl: one eye for the number one mat.
Then, she fed the monster one Cheerio as a snack.
Little Sister set the one card to the side and grabbed the next batch in the pile: two!
One number after the next, Little Sister happily counted out googly eyes and monster sized snacks on each mat. It was so much fun! Above all, she gained a better understanding of her numbers.
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FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Feed the Monster Alphabet Match // Sara J Creations
Monster Alphabet Playdough Mats // Modern Preschool
Monster Counting Cards // Miss Kindergarten
Monster Math Addition Clip Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Monster Counting Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Monster Measurement Cards // Fairy Poppins
Monster Alphabet Game // Stay at Home Educator
Felt Monsters Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Monster Letter Match // Schooling a Monkey
Monster Snowball Coverall // Recipe for Teaching
Snow Monster Addition Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Monster Shape Graphs // Playdough to Plato
Slime Monster Counting Activity // Fun-A-Day
Name the Monster Phonics Game // Play & Learn Every Day
Monster Counting Emergent Reader // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Color Monsters Write the Room // Letters of Literacy
Monster Truck Numbers: Bigger and Smaller // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Monster Creation Tray // Powerful Mothering
Monster Feelings Match Up // Pocket of Preschool