March is right around the corner and that means rainbows, leprechauns, and gold at the end of the rainbow. March brings with it the first week of spring and I absolutely cannot wait. I am so over winter. So to prepare us for the month of rainbows and gold, I created these fun, hands-on Pot of Gold Number Words Printable Counting Mats to practice fine motor skills and identifying number words.
*Pair with our March Printable Activities Bundle!
Pot of Gold Number Words Printable Counting Mats
We need to learn to recognize not only our written numbers, but number words that go along with them.
These counting mats not only expose children to number words, but also counting, fine motor practice, and depending on what you use to count with, it’s a great sensory experience as well.
So many skills and learning opportunities in one simple, free activity.
Materials You Will Need:
- Laminator and Laminating Sheets
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- Yellow play dough (and/or gold coins)
- Pot of Gold Mats & Recording Sheets (free printable below)
First, print and laminate the pot of gold number word mats for durability. The activity pack includes number words zero through twenty to allow for differentiation in the classroom.
Cut out the cards and place them in a pile.
RELATED RESOURCE: Number Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
How to Play
Students will choose a number word pot of gold mat and lay it down in front of them. Identify the number word on the mat.
Take some yellow play dough and create small balls to represent gold coins.
Use the play dough balls to count out the correct number of coins on the mat.
Continue until you have identified and added “coins” to each of the mats.
Use the recording sheets to practice filling in ten and twenty frames to match each of the number words. You can do these alongside the counting mats or use the recording sheets as extra practice.
A recording sheet is included for number words zero through ten, as well as two recording sheets for number words eleven through twenty.
Helpful Tips: Use plastic gold coins or money as an alternative to the playdough.
- Match number manipulatives to the number word cards
- Stamp the number words in yellow playdough for extra practice spelling number words
Grab The Printable
If you’re ready to start working on number words and fine motor skills with your students, then grab our FREE Number Words Printable Counting Mats by clicking the large, yellow button below.
Then, hop on over to see our FREE Rainbow Counting Number Puzzles!