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As early childhood teachers, when we find fun, hands-on learning activities that are also effective, it feels like a “BIG score!” This free Basketball-Themed Subitizing Math Game will have your students (especially the sports lovers) cheering with excitement to work on important math skills. So whether it’s the beginning of basketball season, March Madness, or any time of the year, be sure to grab this game to add tons of fun to your small groups and math centers!

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

In Pre-K and Kindergarten, we spend a lot of time working on number recognition and subitizing (instantly recognizing a set of numbers without counting). Both skills take practice and it’s activities like this basketball-themed game that keep the work engaging and fun all year!

Prep for this activity is easy! Simply print, laminate, and cut out the basketball and number net cards. Print as many copies of the recording sheet as needed and it’s time to “play some ball!”

## How to Play

Before adding new games to our math centers, I like to introduce them in our small groups. Once we have gone over the directions and played a couple of rounds together, the kids are ready to play independently.

To use this activity as a simple matching game, students pick a basketball card and use their subitizing skills to determine the number of balls on the card. Next, they pair it with the matching number net card.

Continue pairing up balls with their nets until all cards have their correct match!

Teacher Tip: Make this activity self-correcting by writing the correct number on the back of the basketball cards. Students can check their work when they are done.

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This download also includes a printable Subitizing Score! recording sheet. Once the kids have made their matches, they can find the corresponding basketballs and color them in.

Save ink and paper by slipping the recording sheet into a dry erase pocket sleeve before adding it to your centers. The kids can make their matches, color the basketballs with dry erase markers, and erase when they’re done. Just like that, it’s ready for the next student!

Your students are going to love “playing basketball” with this simple, fun, and effective subitizing activity!

Are you ready to subitize, shoot, and score with your students? Get your free copy of the Basketball-Themed Subitizing Math Game by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!