15 Clever Counting Cards

Counting cards are an easy prep, fun way to help kids practice number sequence, one-to-one correspondence, number recognition and (of course) counting!

These 15 counting cards are our favorite freebies from across the web. They’re creative, engaging and hands-on. A perfect combo for some serious counting fun.  For more math fun, check out our Number Formation Pack in our shop!

Kids will love adding eyeballs to a batch of colorful monster counting cards.

Monster Counting Cards

For those sweet tooths in the mix, hand over a set of chocolate chip cookie cards...

FREE If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Counting Cards

And add marshmallows to hot chocolate mugs. (The Measured Mom)


One fish, two fish, three fish, four. Grab some goldfish crackers and start counting with these cute ocean-themed counting cards.

Thinking about summer?! Count watermelon seeds!

Count the Seeds example

Drive Matchbox cars into parking spots. Vroom!

FREE Car Counting and Number Writing Book

Put the finishing touches on Lorax trees with a handful of pom poms.  Perfect counting cards for the avid Dr. Seuss reader!

Awesome! FREE Lorax Truffala Tree Match Up!!

Build towers with LEGO DUPLOS. (All Our Days)


Count colorful gumballs. (The Measured Mom)


Pin clothespin tails on birds. So adorable! (Frog Spot)

Bird Tail (1)

Like two in one activities?! Match up glass gems and then piece together a fun animal puzzle. (Pre-K Pages)

Use stones to count out fish bubbles. (The Measured Mom)


Work on some pom pom numbers. (1 Plus 1 Plus 1 Equals 1)


Add gold to empty pots of gold!!

Super fun! Counting Leprechaun Gold.

And decorate cupcakes with buttons!! (Glued to My Crafts Blog)


That’s 15 creative, motivating counting card sets in all.

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  1. Nancy

    Hi I am trying to find the penguin counting cards. The HERE that usually leads to the download is not working and i am lost….please help!!! I love your STEM laboratory.

    • Malia Hollowell

      Hi Nancy!

      Thank you for letting me know about the missing download link! I just fixed the problem on the post and am copying the direct link here so you have easy access. Just click the “Download Here” blue button at the bottom of the page.





  2. katrina

    Have been going through your site, wow my printer/laminator is going to be busy!! But it will be worth it!

  3. Natalei

    How do you best store all of this amazing stuff when you aren’t using it with the children?
    Clear containers? etc.

    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Natalei,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. Great question!

      Each teacher is so different depending on the space they have, but we love to use STEM boxes for math and STEM centers. You can find all they handy tips here: https://thestemlaboratory.com/ultimate-guide-stem-boxes/

      I hope this helps!



  4. Linda

    Thank you so much for the wonderful printables! I love them all!

    • Ashley

      You are very welcome, Linda!!
      So glad you’re enjoying them!
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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