It’s pretty much a given that most teachers love Target, especially the dollar spot! I love stopping by when the seasons change to see what goodies they will bring out next that I can use in my classroom. Their themed erasers are always a favorite of mine as they make great math manipulatives.
I knew these Halloween or fall themed erasers would be great to use as well, so Heather from Recipe for Teaching and I have teamed up to bring you some fun and free printable math activities. These Halloween Counting Cards will be fun to have on hand this fall in your math centers.
Halloween Counting Cards
Getting the cards ready is quick and simple. I just printed them out (you can use card stock to help them be extra sturdy) and laminated them so that they can be used over and over again.
Then, I cut them apart so that I had a set of 1-10 for cats, pumpkins, and candies.
*I have now updated these cards to go to the number 20!
I had all three of these eraser types ready to go, but if you don’t have the erasers, play dough is just as fun! You could use black play dough for the cats, orange for pumpkins, and purple for the candies! You can make your own, or I tend to also grab the play dough cans because they are easy to grab and go in the classroom.
These counting cards not only show numerals for 1-20, but number words as well. Often as we progress through fall, kindergarteners become stronger at recognizing numbers and counting and are ready to start reading number words.
You can keep the cards as they are, or cover up the numerals with a sticker for an extra challenge, having them read only the words.
Picking up erasers one by one is great for counting, building fine motor skills (these erasers are rather small) and one to one correspondence.
I typically set up counting cards in baskets with the erasers so all the supplies are easy to grab and put at a table for a math center choice.
You could also grab some soap boxes or similar storage containers to store small erasers in. This keeps them in one spot and they don’t get lost as easily as when you place them in a larger bin with the cards.
Related Resource: Halloween Math and Literacy Centers
Kids pick a card, identify the number or read the number word, and then count out the corresponding number of erasers, using the picture on the card as direction for which erasers they will need.
Counting cards are some of my favorite things to use in the classroom, and my kids always love them too!
Grab Your Copies
Ready for some fun counting practice? Grab your copies of the Halloween Counting Cards by clicking the yellow button below. Then, scroll down and head over to Recipe for Teaching to grab a fun graphing activity to use with your erasers too!
More Fun with Erasers
Have some fun graphing these erasers with Recipe for Teaching’s Fall Race printable game!