We are seriously into unit studies lately. I feel like it’s just so much fun to create different types of learning materials. I do tend to get rather carried away with creating materials once I get started, but the thing about unit studies is that Y just keeps asking more and more questions the deeper we dig into something. It’s so much fun! I just adore his curiosity and desire to really learn!Today, I am sharing another fun freebie! We have been working on a spring theme recently, and butterflies have been all the rage in our home! Y has been enjoying his life cycle materials, but I also wanted to add a few math works in addition to the zoology ones. That is why I created some beautiful number cards.
There’s something so pretty about butterflies! For these printables, I used realistic images of butterflies with lovely, vibrant colours. As a gift to you, you can grab your own free version below!
Spring Activities: Free butterfly number cards
We have been using materials like these since Y was about two years old. Alongside a manipulative for hands on work, cards like these help children to visualise how much a number is. This is very important.When learning to count, it is imperative to teach young children number quantity rather than only number order and number symbols. Remember, just because your child knows the order of numbers 1, 2, 3, etc, does not mean that they know how much a number represents. This is number quantity.
Number quantity can be taught (or reinforced) alongside a simple printable and manipulative. You can use the manipulative to show your child how much each number symbol represents.
To further challenge your child, this printable set also contains number quantity clip cards and missing number cards.
How to use
You can print these cards on durable paper such as card stock or another thick, quality paper. For additional durability, I also recommend laminating these cards.
You can use number cards like this to practice number order with your child. I like to present them with a manipulative to allow Y to count out how much a number is.
Place the manipulatives in a bowl when presenting this work to your child. I like to place the cards on a separate tray, as well. I ask Y to layout the cards in order from 0-9. Then, he places the corresponding quantity of manipulatives underneath each card.
Get your set!
- 0-9 number cards with butterfly quantity and number