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If you’re not planning on an Easter theme for your preschool classroom, you’re missing out on a whole range of exciting activities to engage your students. There is lots of fun to be had catching Easter letter bunnies and tracing Easter eggs lines! For your math centers, this bunny spin and cover numbers game will help your students master their number recognition in time for kindergarten.
Preschool Number Recognition Game for Learning 1-5
The most amazing growth that you’ll see in every preschool group is how students begin to understand that a specific set of marks on paper and the screen has meanings that they can translate. With numbers, the idea that they learn to see the shape of each number and know the counting word to say out loud and that it references a specific number of objects (and that it doesn’t matter what size those objects are) is quite an incredible feat. As a preschool teacher, your job is to find multiple ways for them to practice this skill, and this fun preschool number recognition game will be popular as long as your Easter theme is up.
Preparing Your Counting On to 20 Math Clip Cards
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Print and laminate the pages. Provide a plastic spinner or use a combination of pencil and paperclip. Your students will spin the wheel then identify the matching number on the playing mat. The activity continues until all the numbers have been identified. You can use pompoms, flat tokens, bunny mini erasers or other themed manipulatives you have to cover the numbers as they find them.
Extension Bunny Spin And Cover Numbers Tasks
Even your most reluctant mathematician will understand how to play this simple Easter number identification game. Players take it in turn to spin the arrow around the bunny, and then cover up (or color in) the correct bunny number. To extend these spinner math activities for preschool, try some of these ideas:
Make a bigger spinner – this bunny spin and cover numbers game goes up to 5, but many of your students will be able to handle going to 10 and beyond. You can make a separate spinner that covers 6 thru 10 or one giant spinner that helps them to practice all 10 numbers.
Write the number – the core goal of this Bunny Spin and Cover Numbers game is to help students read and recognize numbers. You can extend this to number formation by removing the covering component and having students write down the number that they spin. For an extra challenge, have them work with a partner who reads the number out loud for their partner to write down. Not only does this get them used to conceptualizing each digit, but they also get some key social learning in terms of taking turns and celebrating each other’s successes. Use my Food Friends Pick A Partner Cards to easily pair up your students!
Start comparing – finally, there will be a few students who are able to start thinking about the magnitude of each number (i.e. how many things it represents and that different numbers represent greater or lesser amounts). As they spin the numbers, you can ask them questions such as “Is 3 more or less than 4?”. At the start, you might want to have manipulatives (little Easter eggs or stuffed bunny toys work great with your theme) so that they can count, but eventually you’ll want to introduce number lines as preparation for addition in kindergarten. My Bunny Addition to 10 with Number Slider is a great follow up activity for this!
More Easter Themed Centers
Like this? Then you’ll love my 10 Easter Themed Literacy and Math Centers. These easy-prep games will get your students working on letters, phonics, numbers and more!
1) Easter Train Letter Strips – Fill in the next 2 letters in the alphabet. You could also use them for handwriting practice or for writing out the matching lowercase.
2) Easter Rhyming Clip Cards- 24 included
3) Easter Spin and Cover Letters – Alphabet is divided into 5 mats so this would be a great literacy center for small groups.
4) Easter Vowel Sorting – Kids will sort the eggs into the correct vowel baskets. 8 objects per vowel included.
5) Bunny Burrows Game – This game comes with a song poster and letter cards. You can use this to practice letter sounds, beginning sounds of objects, etc
6) Easter Ten Frame Mats – Use this with playdough to form the numbers + ‘eggs’ in the ten frame or you could also use real chocolate eggs for counting practice.
7) Easter Spin and Rainbow Write – Kids will spin the wheel and write the number it lands on. If it lands on the same number twice, they will use a different crayon/marker so that each number becomes a rainbow.
8) Easter Pick and Cover Numbers to 20 – Mats for 1-10, 11-20 and 1-20 are included together with the number cards. Print them out, cut into individual number cards and have your little ones learn number recognition.
9) Easter Color Clip Cards – Match the color of the Easter bunny’s egg and carrot.
10) Easter Bunny Math – 12 cards each provided for addition to 10 and subtraction from to 10 plus a recording sheet for their answers.
Other Free Easter Printables You’ll Love:
1) Easter Egg Tracing Lines – This simple preschool fine motor activity will help develop your students’ fine motor muscle strength and allow them to practice correct pencil grip.
2) Easter Bunny Sight Words – Kids will actively try to balance the egg on the spoon and fish it out of the ‘jail’. For each egg that escapes, they need to read a sight word then the egg will be safe.
3) Easter Printable Worksheets Pack – 50 pages of free Easter-themed printable worksheets for kids including a variety of literacy, math, and fine motor activities.
4) Easter Egg Patterns – A colorful Easter activity to teach the early math skill of recognizing patterns.
5) Count The Bunnies 1-10 – Kids will surely have a hop-py time counting up to 10 bunnies in a line.
6) Bunny Burrows Game – Really fun small group or circle time game that works on learning letter sounds.
7) Bunny Spin and Cover (Numbers 1-5) – This simple number recognition printable is great fun for preschoolers and just in time for Easter!
8) Bunny Carrot Match-Up – Your preschooler will love this numbers and colors matching activity with an Easter Bunny theme!
9) Bunny Addition to 10 – Your preschooler can practice doing some addition to 10 sums using the adorable bunny number slider that comes with the worksheet.
10) Easter Bunny Simple Sums Addition & Subtraction – This Easter Bunny math activity helps students solve basic sums by having a visual representation they can use to count, instead of just numbers.
Educational Tools For Your Classroom:
Browse My Most Popular Math Printables:
1) Parking Cars Tracing Lines – More than 10 different tracing line patterns to choose from, all of which help with pencil control.
2) Scarecrow Arrange By Size – 3 different scarecrow-themed image sets that they will arrange from smallest to biggest.
3) Bumblebee Addition Game – Solve the sum and help the bee land on the correct flower!
4) Farm Shapes Mats – Use playdough, pompoms, stickers etc to learn 2D shapes.
5) Popsicle Stick Number Formation – Kids will love forming the numbers 1 to 10 when ice cream and popsicles are involved!
8) Counting Colorful Bugs – This printable book will help kids count to 10 while also learning about color words.
9) Humpty Dumpty Numbers – In this printable game, your students will practice number recognition using 1 dice or simple addition when using 2 dice.
10) Build A Number Santa – Match the number to the correct number word, tally mark and domino to form a Santa Claus
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