Practice addition with these free printable carrot counting addition cards! Practice math hands-on, without timed tests or flash cards.
Counting Carrots Addition Cards
There are so many ways to practice addition facts that go beyond timed tests and flash cards. Don’t get me wrong though. When I was little, timed tests were one of my favorite parts of school. Now as a parent and a teacher, I see just how stressful these kind of learning activities can be for so many kids. This is why fun, inviting activities like our counting carrots addition cards encourage learning without the added stress. These kind of activities are the way to go with little kids!
Pile the cards in a basket or tray along with dry erase markers and erasers (baby wipes, kids’ socks, cloth napkins, etc.) and the activity is ready.
The cards are set up with 2 groups of carrots. Counting the carrots and writing the numbers into the empty boxes is the first step in figuring out the addition equation.
To simplify the addition cards, break down the problem into steps. The first step is to count one set of carrots. In the photo below, there are 6 carrots on the left. Count to 6 and then write a 6 in the box. Count the carrots in the next box, and write 3 in the box. When you put it all together, you get, “6 carrots plus 3 carrots equals 9 carrots.”
Some kids will be ready to write the numbers in the boxes and know that 6 + 3 = 9. Others will have to go back and count all 9 carrots to find the answer. Encourage those kids to start with 6 and count on from there if they can.
Keep going card by card, counting the carrots and filling in each addition equation until all of the cards are complete. Wipe down all the cards, and play again!
Other Ways to Play
Instead of using dry erase markers for the counting carrots addition activity, there are other ways to play!
Use number magnets in the boxes. This would still make it a reusable learning center or busy bag. I have a stash of cheap cookie sheets from the dollar store that I use for activities like this. Place an addition card on the cookie sheet. Now the number magnets will stay in place on the cards while your child is working on counting and adding!
Use mini post-it notes instead of dry erase markers. If it were me, I would attach all of the addition cards to the wall, window, or door to move this activity to a vertical surface. Now the mini post-it notes with numbers 1-10 written on them (you may need extra sets!) will stick to the addition cards and working on the wall instead of a table is so inviting and way more fun.
Grab Your Copy
Ready to practice addition with these carrot cards? Grab your copy by clicking on yellow button below. Then, hop on over and try these beehive puzzles for making 10!