The kids will have a blast with these farm counting mats! I just love using these for the kids to really help enforce number learning and counting. And the farm animals make it totally fun as well.
There’s no denying the cuteness of farm animals which is why we always use farm-themed printables in our learning. Seriously – look at how cute those little piggies are!
If you’re ready to work on counting with the kids, these farm printables are perfect! Print them out and let the learning begin!
If you love this activity, you can have a look at this bigger list of farm activities for kids.
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Farm Counting Mats
The fun part about using these counting mats is that you can change up what you use as items to count and fill in the squares.
Sometimes we use jewels that we have lying around the house, sometimes we use rocks that we’ve picked up during one of our hikes, sometimes we use pom poms or other craft supplies that we have at home – the options are endless.
If you laminate the cards, you can even have the kids color in the squares to be able to wipe them clean and use them all over again.
Be sure to check out my farm counting cards and puzzles for another fun learning-themed activity.
The way that we created these counting mats is to help the kids learn how to visualize and count the numbers in a variety of different ways. This helps them really learn about the numbers with options.
They can see the number written out in the number form, with a circle in the number showing how many to count. There are then pictures on the card in the amount of the number and also the squares for them to add objects to or color.
That’s three different ways that they can use these counting mats and all are beneficial for kids. What this helps with is that it’s a great way to reach all different learners in a way that works for them.
Recommended Farm Books for Kids
Seeing farm animals are fun! These books contain good farm living stories for the kids. Kids’ imagination will be active throughout reading time and beyond as they read about talking animals and tractors, too!
Remember that reading is a great way to help the kids want to learn more as well. I fully believe that reading is a huge starting block that helps with all areas of learning.
What we love about having options for reading is that it gives the kids a way to focus on pictures and words. Even if the kids aren’t old enough to read on their own, they can still learn how to visualize and see the pictures on the pages.
Books are the perfect way to have the kids working their imagination and dreaming. When you have books in the house, you’re giving them a fun way to think up stories, count, and more!
Counting Animals on the Farm: Counting book for kids, Learn numbers from 1 to10, Counting AnimalsThe Farm Book (A Golden Super Shape Book)Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s FarmI Spy Life On The Farm: A Fun Guessing Game Picture Book for Kids Ages 2-5, Toddlers and KindergartnersWorld of Eric Carle, Around the Farm Animal 30-Button Sound Book – Great for First Words – PI KidsGoodnight Tractor (Goodnight Series)
Since the biggest way to use these counting mats is to help with counting, be sure to talk to the kids about that! But also encourage them to think outside the box so that they can use these learning mats for more.
One idea that we’ve done before with these mats is to have the kids trace the numbers onto black paper. This may not sound like much but it was a fun way to have them trace the number and that single learning action helped them to remember the number more.
And if you want to work on their writing skills, teach them how to spell out the numbers as well. Draw a few dotted lines and write out the number and spell it out and then have them copy it as well.
Once they get done using the counting cards to work on their counting skills, see if you can find a fun farm to tour in the area! This would be a super cool and fun way to have a field trip after learning!
Are you looking for more farm-themed activities? Check out this list of farm activities for kindergarten and teach your kids about farms in a fun and engaging way.
Recommended Counting Books for Kids
Reading books is a great bonding experience for moms and kids. These counting books are really good and fun to read. I bet there will be a little math wizard in the making.
The following books about counting are great for a variety of ages. They can read the words on the pages or simply just count the objects on the page.
Little Skill Seekers: Numbers & CountingCounting Animals on the Farm: Counting book for kids, Learn numbers from 1 to10, Counting Animals1, 2, 3 Construction: A counting book from 1 to 20 | I Spy (ABC and Counting Books for Kids)Counting book for kids: The 8 Shapes – Counting | Math practice For Kids AGED 3-6 | Learning Number For Children | (The 8 Shapes – Counting Series | The best Counting Book | 1)Count the Dinosaurs!: A Fun Picture Puzzle Book for 2-5 Year Olds (Counting Books for Kids)I Spy Counting Book For Kids Ages 2-5: A Fun Counting Activity Featuring Hearts, Presents, Flowers, Cute Animals And More! (I Spy counting, Books For Toddlers And Preschools)
Have fun watching the kids grow their counting confidence with these fun farm printables!
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More Counting Printables
Use these counting printables as a fun way to help them learn how to count even more and in more fun themed-learning topics!
These are perfect for farm themed learning and fun!
Don’t forget to add this math printable to your farm-themed learning!
These counting cards are great to have for summer learning fun.
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Zoo Counting Clip Cards 1-10 by STEAMsational
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