Count and clip cards are a great way for you and your preschooler to work on counting with the bonus of adding in some easy fine motor skills with the pincer grip.
This set of Squirrel and Acorn Count and Clip Cards is FREE in our Rainy Day Tots Facebook Group (find out how to join the group below) to go alongside our Winter Animals theme and featured book Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner.
FREE Preschool Printable Number Clip Cards
Clip cards are an easy to set up activity, that you can then use and use again with your preschoolers.
We have made our own versions using stickers as well as printed versions like these number cards with acorns and squirrels for autumn and winter fun. See just 3 that you can find here on Rainy Day Mum below.
- DIY Snowman and Snowflake Count and Clip Cards
- FREE Printable Forest Animal Count and Clip Cards
- FREE Printable Rudolph Christmas Count and Clip Cards
Materials Needed for Making the Preschool Math Cards
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- Cut out the Clip Cards and the Squirrel
- Laminate the cards if you want to make them longer lasting.
- Using glue or double-sided sticky tape attach the squirrel to the clothes pin.
Using the Count and Clip Cards For Learning
With your set of math cards made you can get learning with your tots.
- Sit with your tot and share the cards.
- Pass the cards over and support your child counting the number of acorns on the card.
- Then read the numbers and match the number of acorns counted to the correct number.
- Let your child place the squirrel by opening the clothes peg.
After the 1 to 1 Activity time, you may want to place the cards in a basket with the book of the week so that your toddlers and preschoolers can use them again and again.
Top Tips for Introducing Count and Clip Cards with Toddlers
If you have toddlers instead of overwhelming them with so many cards here’s our top tip for using count and clip cards with them.
- Decide to focus on a smaller set of numbers we recommend 1 – 5 at first and then build up to 10.
- Share the cards 1 at a time and help them to count the acorns.
- You could cover the acorns as they count them this will help them avoid counting them again.
About our Winter Animal Book Over and Under the Snow
Our featured book is Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal.
You can read more here about why we have chosen this particular book for our Winter Animals and Hibernating Animals theme for our Rainy Day Tots.