Fish Count and Clip Cards

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As the weather gets warmer, the ocean is calling (although I would answer its call year-round I think!). In the classroom, we are having fun with some ocean-themed learning activities like these free Fish Count and Clip Cards. Clothespin activities are a hit in Pre-K and Kindergarten and these bright and colorful fish will have your students excited to start counting and clipping!

*Pair with our Kindergarten Math and Literacy Clothespin Clip Cards BUNDLE!

Work on counting sets, recognizing numbers to 12, and a bit of fine motor skills too with these free Fish Count and Clip Cards!

Fish Count and Clip Cards

To prepare this activity, start by printing (download below) and laminating the clip cards. You will want to laminate them so that you can use them over and over again. They will hold up much better against little hands and clothespins this way.

Once the cards are laminated, cut them out. Place them in a basket with clothespins and this activity is ready to add to your math centers!

Don’t have clothespins? No problem! Another great reason to laminate the cards is so kids can use dry erase markers to circle the correct number.

Place the count and clip cards in a basket with clothespins and this activity is ready to add to your math centers!

How to Use the Count and Clip Cards

My students were excited to see a new clip card set in our math centers. They love clothespin activities as much as I do! We use clothespin clip cards in our math and literacy centers all year long so they knew exactly how to use this set. During center time my kids immediately grabbed a fish card and started counting and clipping.

As a teacher, I love using these clip cards because they strengthen so many skills! After working on one-to-one correspondence and counting, the kids practiced number recognition by finding the right number to clip. Finally, while they clipped the clothespin on the answer, they worked on building up their fine motor skills too – a bonus!

My students kept counting and clipping until all of the cards had been used.

While students clipped the clothespin on the answer, they worked on building up fine motor skills.

This set goes to 12, so it is perfect for preschoolers and early kindergarten students that are being introduced to counting sets!

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Ready to start counting and clipping with your students? Get your free copy of the Fish Count and Clip Cards by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!

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  1. Thank you so much…our theme this year is OCEAN so this will fit perfectly…fish and sea animals.

  2. I can’t seem to get to where I can print the fish count and clip cards. Can you email them to me?

    1. Hi Jaclyn, if you need more assistance, feel free to email me at alex, that way I don’t accidentally miss a message from you! 🙂 You should be able to click the yellow button, pop in your email, and be automatically redirected to the count and clip cards.

      Have a great week!

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