Zoo Number Puzzles

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Whether you’re planning a zoo unit or need a fun way to work on recognizing and counting 1 to 10, these playful number puzzles are sure to do the trick.

Grab your set below and then continue the fun with our best selling playdough mats!

Zoo Number Puzzles

Getting Ready

To prep, I simply printed the puzzles (below) on cardstock and ran them through my laminator to give them extra durability.

Then, I cut along the bold black lines to separate the pieces and secured each set with a paperclip to keep it together.

Zoo Number Puzzles

Viola! The activity was ready for play.

Zoo Number Puzzles

Since Little Sister (age 3) is still learning to recognize the numbers 1 to 10, we started with the number one set and worked our way up in 1, 2, 3 order.

She grabbed the number 1 card and we read the symbol and word together. “That says one and those letters say one, too!”

Little sister grabbed the giraffe card and counted it out loud: “One. There’s just one giraffe.”

She slid it in place and then showed one with her fingers before sliding the finger card in the last spot.

Zoo Number Puzzles

One card after the next, she worked her way through all ten sets.

Zoo Number Puzzles

Although she wasn’t ready for the challenge yet, a natural next step would be mixing up several sets of puzzles and having kids sort them out again. Students could even sort all ten sets at once!

Grab Your Puzzles

Click the blue download button below to grab your free number puzzles and then continue the playful learning with our playdough mats, too!

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Zoo Number Puzzles


Zoo Number Puzzles


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