# Jungle Animal Counting Puzzles

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Heading to the zoo or do you just love animals? Grab some fun animal-themed activities for your centers like these free Jungle Animal Counting Puzzles! Your kids will adore the cute jungle animal numbers, but what really makes these puzzles great is that they have counting dots, number words, and numerals. This allows the kids to see each number in three different forms!

*Pair with our Subitizing Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!

## Jungle Animal Counting Puzzles

These counting puzzles are perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners to practice counting and recognizing numbers to 10! The kids will love the animal theme and you will love how easy-prep they are! Simply print, laminate for durability, and cut! I recommend printing them on cardstock for added sturdiness.

If we are just beginning to introduce numbers, I only give a few puzzles at a time. For example, we may start by focusing on the numbers 1, 2, and 3.

By giving only a few counting puzzles at a time, it helps the kids to actually focus on the numbers. It is less distracting with fewer pieces to match up.

## Ways to Use the Counting Puzzles

For new learners, you can include the numbers 1-3 or 1-5. Increase the number of puzzles available as they improve their counting skills.

To differentiate for kids who are not yet reading, you can have them focus on the numerals and counting dots.

For kids who are able to read and need an extra challenge, they can spell the words out loud after they match up the counting puzzles. This is especially good for auditory learners. They can not only see how the number is spelled, but they can hear it as well.

For kinesthetic learners, you can have them point to each dot or cross out each dot with a dry erase marker as they count. They can also use their fingers to trace the numerals.

To extend the counting activity further, you can share some fun books like ‘Over in the Jungle‘ by Marianne Berkes or ‘Ten Black Dots‘ by Donald Crews. ‘Ten Black Dots’ is one of our favorite books!