Looking for a fun, hands-on way to teach your little one to count? These free printable counting puzzles are SO cute, and they’re a great way to help toddlers and preschoolers learn to recognize numbers and place them in the correct order!
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Ever since my eldest started kindergarten a few months ago, I’ve been amazed at all the things she’s learned.
Seriously though—I realize it’s been a quarter of a century since I was in kindergarten, but I’m pretty sure the only thing I learned during that entire year was how to write my first name.
My daughter, on the other hand, has been learning to count syllables, recognize letters and sounds, recite all her numbers up to 100 and name the organs of the human body. (She can even explain what each of them does.)
Considering how much she’s learned, a lot of the learning activities I had planned for her are now too simple. But I thought these counting puzzles would be perfect for my younger kids.
I love this activity because it’s a hands-on way for kids to practice their number recognition, which is perfect for children who are too young for worksheets. Our kids had lots of fun placing the numbers back in order, and I hope yours will too!
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Includes our spring counting puzzles as well as 31 MORE pages of printable counting activities perfect for toddlers and preschoolers:
- Ladybug counting activity
- Number tracing from 1-20
- Dot marker activity pages
- Q-tip colouring pages
- Number circling activity
- Play dough mats
Download Your Free Insect Counting Puzzles
Each puzzle is designed to help your child practice their number recognition and sequencing skills by placing the numbers from 1 to 10 in the right order. This makes this activity perfect for preschool and kindergarten (or even for toddlers who are starting to recognize their numbers).
To download the counting puzzles to your phone or computer, click the download link below the image (no sign-up required):
How to Use Your Free Printable Number Puzzles
1. Print Puzzles
In order to use these counting puzzles, you’ll first need to print the PDF on US Letter-sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches). I highly recommend that you print them on cardstock rather than regular paper to make the puzzles a bit sturdier.
2. Cut Puzzles
Use scissors to cut along the black line that surrounds each puzzle.
Then, cut along the dotted lines to separate the puzzle pieces.
3. Place Numbers in Order
Once you’ve separated the puzzle pieces, it’s time to play! Shuffle the pieces of one puzzle and have your child put them back in order either by matching up the images or by placing the numbers in the correct sequence.
To make this activity more challenging, you can mix up the pieces from both puzzles instead of keeping them separate. That way, your child will also have to figure out which puzzle each piece belongs to. So fun!
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