Activity for ages 3 to 5.
These gumdrop counting cards are a fun way to help preschoolers and kindergarteners work on the numbers 1 to 10 this holiday season.
Christmas is such a fun time for kids. All the new sights, smells and tastes that they don’t experience year-round are finally available for them to test and fall in love with!
Take gumdrops, for example. Like many other families, we typically don’t eat a lot of candies, but who can resist getting a package of colorful gumdrops?! They’re perfect for decorating a gingerbread house, stringing on a garland or (in this case) using for math!
These cards are so simple to prepare! I just printed the set (below) and laminated them for durability because preschoolers can be rough on things…
Then I cut apart the cards, grabbed some gumdrops and was ready to go!
I like to store our counting cards in a sandwich-sized zip top bag. They are perfect for my preschooler to grab whenever she wants to practice counting and easy for me to give her when I need a few minutes of hands-off time.
Gumdrop Counting Cards
We are still working on colors, so I love that these cards have both red and green gumdrops for my daughter to match as she is counting. It also helps her to understand that the numbers we are saying don’t only apply to a certain color or object. This is important since counting is such an abstract thought for small children.
Plus, you can talk about how the gumdrops feel. They are gritty, rough, sticky. You may even decide to perform a scientific test to discover what the inside of the gumdrop feels like!
Or how they taste. Spicy, hot, minty.
Grab More Counting Cards
Download the Gumdrop Counting Cards (HERE) and then hop over and grab even more so that kids can get the understanding that we can count many different objects: apple trees, snowflakes, monster eyes, chocolate chip cookies… Find lots of counting cards in one spot here!