Spring is in the air and bugs are starting to come out to play! My kids get very excited when they see a butterfly (bees, not so much) and, while I can’t let live butterflies loose in our room, I can try to bring some bug themed fun into our learning! These butterfly number word matching puzzles are a fun, engaging way to practice reading number words to 12, which is a skill we are working hard on this spring.
Preparing the Puzzles
These puzzles are pretty simple to make. Simply print out the pages of butterflies (below) and laminate for repeated use. This really does help them last a lot longer.
Then, after cutting out the butterflies, cut them apart on the gray line so that each butterfly is cut in half.
Butterfly Number Word Puzzles
I use these puzzles as a math center or small group activity. You can put all the pieces in an envelope or basket for storage, then simply set them out when they are being used.
First, we picked up half of a butterfly and tried to either identify the number or the word. Then, we searched for its other matching half.
The puzzles are a few different colors and patterns, which does help kids use this sorting strategy to see which puzzles fit together. However, there are some duplicates, so they still have to carefully read each number. This gives them confidence to try, while still providing some challenge.
It may be difficult for beginning learners to read the number word first. In this case, you may want to separate numbers from words and pick a number first each time. Kids will likely identify the numbers much more easily and be able to then seek the written match.
However you play, it is sure to be fun if your kids love matching games as much as mine do! You could make this game self-checking by printing on cardstock (so that the cards aren’t see through, and writing a small numeral on the back of the number word side. Kids can then complete the puzzle and check their answers.
Download Your Set
Ready to match up numbers and words? Grab your free set of butterfly number word matching puzzles by clicking the yellow button below.
Then, for more bug themed fun, grab our bug count and clip cards!