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Looking for a way to teach multiple math skills in one, fun activity? I’ve got you covered! This free Back to School Count and Trace Activity will strengthen important math skills like number order, counting, and number writing skills in an engaging way. It’s low-prep and is sure to have your students excited to practice counting and writing numbers during the first days of school!
*Pair with our Number Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
Back to School Count and Trace Activity
This printable count and trace activity covers numbers 1-10. The cute book theme is perfect for back to school season but could also be used anytime throughout the year!
Prep the whole activity and add it to your math centers right away OR give your students just the number book cards to work on number recognition and number order to start. Then you can add in the count and trace recording sheet when they are ready to practice writing.
Whatever works best for the needs and levels of your kiddos!
How to Prep
Once the cards are prepped you can print off as many recording sheets as needed. Now you’re ready to play!
An additional option for prep that adds an extra level of fun is to laminate the recording sheet too. This will help you to save paper and ink. PLUS, your students will love tracing the numbers with dry erase markers.
*Teacher Tip: Don’t have a laminator? No problem! Simply slip the recording sheet into a dry erase pocket sleeve for the same effect!
How to Play
Early on in the year, I like to first introduce activities like this in small groups so we can go over the directions.
We begin by placing all of the number book cards face up on the table and then put them in number order. Then we check our work by pointing to each number and counting aloud to 10.
After our cards are ordered and ready to go it is time to give the kids the count and trace recording sheet. They can proudly complete the recording sheet independently using the number book cards for reference.
In their best handwriting, students simply trace the number that comes next in the row.
If the recording sheet is not laminated, I like to provide fun writing tools like crayons or skinny markers to trace with!
Your students are sure to have tons of fun counting and tracing numbers with this hands-on math center activity!
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Ready to start counting and tracing? Get your free copy of this Back to School Count and Trace Activity by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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