Spring is such a delightful time of year (especially for early learners) with the new arrivals of early bloomers stretching through the moist soil, the return of birds and insects. Spring time is full of wonder. And so is Easter. This year, you can teach counting to preschoolers with this free Easter counting printable. What’s more: this printable can be used for 6 different Easter counting activities!
Whether in the home or classroom, your little ones are sure to enjoy these Easter counting activities. Be sure to read all the different ways I use these counting cards to teach number sense skills to my preschoolers.
Easter Counting Activities for Preschoolers
With the days gaining in length, and as the trees start to bare just the smallest buds of new leaves…it becomes obvious that spring is on it’s way. I love celebrating Easter along with spring time. To me, they go hand-in-hand.
Consider this: Easter is full of baby animals and all things little and cute, kinda’ like spring time.
These Easter themed ten frame counting cards are a perfect addition to your Easter centers! They’re a great way for kids to work on counting, one-to-one correspondence, and even decomposing numbers.
You might also like these Easter egg crafts:
FAQ About Ten Frame Counting
Ten frame counting cards are a simple way of organizing quantities while counting into sets of ten.
A ten frame consists of two rows of five boxes, thus making a total of ten boxes. When counting, a single manipulative or printed dot sits inside each box to demonstrate quantities up to or less than ten. When counting higher than the number ten, more than one ten frame box is used.
Counters can be arranged in different ways to represent different numbers, which visually helps your children develop strong number sense.
Since our math system is based on sets of ten, teaching number sense by use of ten frame makes sense. Ten is the building block of our Base 10 Number System.
Preschoolers and kindergarteners who have a solid understanding of the number ten can relate that understanding to all different areas of math. For example, a child who can “see” 10 as being made up of an 8 and a 2 can then start to see 100 as an 80 and a 20. It’s integral that young learners make these connections, and using ten frames really helps them do this.
Double ten frames are simply two ten frames stacked on top of one another. They serve as a strong visual representation of teen numbers.
You can use the double ten frame to develop a deep understanding of teen numbers, but also to build an understanding of the Base 10 Number System. Preschoolers and kindergarteners learn that a full ten frame has a quantity of ten, and therefore can use a double ten frame to learn teen numbers, as well as addition and subtraction strategies.
These winter counting cards include single ten frames from 1-10, as well as double ten frames from 11-20.
Free Preschool Counting Printable for Easter
These free printable Easter counting cards are a wonderful way to add fun math activities to your Easter theme lesson plans. They’re perfect for teaching toddlers and preschoolers number recognition and counting in a hands-on way.
The cards feature ten frame numbers up to ten and they also include number formation practice and number word writing practice.
- free Easter counting cards
- Easter themed counting manipulative (or any other counting manipulative)
Make Any Ten Frame Easter Themed!
This is absolutely not necessary, but having some cute Easter themed manipulatives to do ten frame counting makes it all the more fun! These are some of my favorites.
How to Teach Counting Using Easter Ten Frame Counting Cards
These Easter ten frame counting cards can be used to teach toddlers and preschooler to count, compare numbers, and sequence numbers, and can even be used for teaching addition to preschoolers.
To prepare, just print on heavy cardstock, laminate, and cut out. This only takes about ten minutes.
Place the cards on a table or tray with some Easter themed manipulatives. Mini erasers or acrylic flowers makes this counting printable extra fun. You can also use glass floral pebbles in pastel Easter colors.
Finally, invite your young learner to practice counting to ten using the manipulatives and cards.
There are loads of ways to use these printable counting cards, so be sure to read all the ways to the end of this post.
To use the cards, have your preschoolers select a ten frame card identify the number. Use a dry erase marker to trace the number word and practice number formation.
Then use the manipulatives available to fill in the ten frame while counting to the corresponding number.
For example, if the number seven card is selected, your preschooler will then fill the ten frame with seven floral pebbles (or whatever manipulative you’re using), leaving three squares blank.
Keep in mind that young children will develop skills at their own pace. Some preschoolers might be challenged by this counting game.
If you notice your child is having a difficult time understanding this concept, continue to work with them using small numbers until they have mastered it.
And don’t forget that preschoolers might need a little practice writing the numbers, too.
Try These Printable Counting Lesson Plans
This bundle features three units of preschool counting lesson plans offered in one download at a discounted price!
Based on five and ten frame math, the provided lessons are both fun and effective!
Keep Reading and Grab Your Free Easter Counting Cards
These counting cards will complete any Easter or spring themed lesson plans. You might also be interested in the following:
Easter Bunny Rainbow Writing Cards
Feed the Easter Bunny Ten Frame Game
More Easter Counting Activities Using This Printable
These adorable Easter egg ten frame cards can easily be added to your preschool math centers, but you can also use these Easter math activities in other ways that preschoolers will love.
Below are 6 more learning activities using this printable.
- Use alternatives to math counters or manipulatives such as pastel colored pompoms, playdough, dot markers, stamps and ink pads, or stickers to fill in the ten frames.
- Encourage fine motor skills by having preschoolers pick up the manipulatives with tweezers, tongs, or chopsticks for children.
- Hide the manipulatives in a simple sensory bin for additional fun and sensory input. You can even add these cards to the sensory bin.
- Make it a game! Two children can roll a die and use different manipulatives to work together to fill the ten frame with the corresponding number.
- Turn snack time into a counting activity by having the children count out treats using the ten frames.
- Hang these on the bulletin board or use them in circle time. They aren’t limited to only math center or small group time!
Don’t Forget Easter Picture Books!
Get your Free Easter Counting Cards Here
Think you need these free counting cards in your preschool Easter lesson plans? Grab your free copy by clicking the image below.
Then keep reading for even more Easter counting activities!
More Easter Activities for Preschoolers
Here are some more tried and tested, preschooler-approved Easter activities!
Do you have a budding Easter Bunny enthusiast? This Easter activity pack is for your little one. Packed full of uniquely hands-on, printable Easter themed activities, preschoolers love celebrating their favorite spring holiday with these Easter activities.
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.