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Kindergarten Number Recognition Activities {Hands-On Ideas}

Kindergarten Number Recognition Activities {Hands-On Ideas}

 Kindergarten & Preschool Teachers can never have enough Number Recognition Activities for their kids. Don’t you agree? So to go with our awesome printables we have put together a list of our favourite, hands-on activities for you to try from Pinterest!

Kindergarten Number Recognition Activities {Hands-On Ideas}


Kids learn best by handling and exploring things for themself. In fact everyone does! Remember the Chinese Proverb…

“I Hear…I Forget, I See… I Remember,  I Do… I Understand”

This wonderful ancient proverb is not only the mantra I use for teaching but one I use for my own personal learning too.

So with this in mind I went looking for some easy to set up, but, rigorous hands-on ideas to help with teaching number recognition. 

Hands on Pinterest Ideas Chinese Proverb

Fun, creative ideas that don’t need expensive materials and manipulatives or hours of copying, cutting or laminating. So save yourself some time and give these excellent  Kindergarten Number Recognition Activities From Pinterest a go. Perfect for practice centers and table activities to reinforce number recognition learning.

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Number Activities for Kindergarten

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Hand-On Number Recognition Activities

Fun Number Recognition Games

These tactile number recognition mats are simple to make using pom poms and chenille sticks. Kids love this tactile idea for learning to identify numbers.

Tactile numbers for number identification

Brickmaths For Numbers 0-20

Got a Lego mad kid? Then try using lego or duplo for counting and building numbers. These brick math mats work well in any block center!



Counting Hands

This is such an adorable idea for helping kids with 0-10. Create paper hands, stick to poster paper and match digits, counters and the number of fingers. Fun number recognition activities 0-10

Counting Hands Number recognition activity

Tracing Numbers

Teaching number recognition activities 0-20 with these trace it, make it, tally it mats. Click image to see more.

tracing numbers kit

Teach Numbers

Grab a dice, skewers, playdough and some cereal for this fun counting number game.

cereal & skewers number activities


Learning Numbers to 10/20 Sprinkles Tray

A colourful take on salt trays but using sprinkles! We added a pastry brush and a number mat underneath a reusable clear plastic tray. We used the counting on fingers cards from our ultimate Teaching number recognition activities 0-10 pack for kids to match to the digits in the sprinkles tray. Sweet!

Sprinkle Sensory Tray Activities

Cupcake Liner Maths Counting Games

Simple matching numbers to quantity with fine motor practice too. Grab your pom poms, cupcake liners and some fine motor kids tweezers or tongs.

Number games with cup cakes & Pompoms


Swatting Games To Teach Numbers

Very exciting subitizing activity helping kids see at a glance how many. Grab a Large foam dot dice, sticky notes and some heavy duty classroom fly swatters.


Subitizing Swat number identification game

Egg Carton Math Games

Egg carton maths activities are a clever way to use cheap egg cartons with your kids! There’s so many different ways you can use them! Try these EGGcellent activities for number identification 1-10 today! Click the image below to get some great ideas!

egg carton math matching numbers & quantity

Teaching Number 1-20

Use cotton buds and water to trace over the chalk numbers for a novel Number formation tray center.


chalk number formation tray



Fine Motor Hole Punch Activity

DIY paint chips can be used in so many different ways. Coupled with a hand held hole punch and you’ve got yourself a colourful number activity and hole punch fine motor activities in one! Click the image for math game ideas with paint chips.

Hole punch fine motor & matching numbers activity Source



Kindergarten Classroom Counting Games

Matching Numbers & quantity math center activities

Sensory Rice Bin

Sensory rice play is an easy activity to set-up that gets kids using all their senses. During sensory rice play, your kids will work on their fine motor pincer grip, and hand-eye coordination.

Turn this sensory rice play table into an excellent number activity with some magnetic numbers for kids to sort and order! Add a few drops of colour to make this Rainbow Coloured rice. Click the image to get the details on how to colour rice for sensory play!

Rice bin Number Activity


Free Printable Playdough Mats

Having a play doh station in your classroom is an excellent play-based learning center. Add in some number recognition Playdough mats for fun learning and fine motor practice. Click the image to get the free number printables!

FREE Printable number playdough mats

Number Tracing With Cereals

Kids just love learning activities that involve food! We used cereals and our free number templates for this tracing activity. Click the image to download the Free number templates

Cereal number tracing snack math


Fine Motor Activity

Kids love dice math games.  Threading craft beads on to pipe cleaners or chenille sticks are super simple to prep and are perfect hands-on activities for teaching number recognition. Throw in some magnetic numbers and a dot dice for the perfect way to combine teaching matching numbers, digits and quantity in one activity!

Subitizing & Threading Beads


Number Identification Using Construction Play

Grab a pack of number flash cards and use them with your construction and block play centers for counting practice. This simple open ended idea encourages kids to problem solve and strengthens the counting principles.

It’s a great way to practice one-to one correspondence, practicing saying number names in sequence, realising that the last number said  tells us ‘how many’ and matching a number to a quantity. A SUPER Cool math game for any preschool or kindergarten kid!

Number Towers For Pre school Kids

Printable Numbers 0-20

Our FREE Do-A-Dot Number Printables are a really handy printable to have, they can be used for so many different preschool and kindergarten number recognition activities. Perfect for painting, collage, tracing, playdough and do-a-dot markers! Click image to get ideas & free printable.

Number Printables with ten frames


Number Clip Cards

Number cards and colourful mini pegs are all you need for this matching digits and quantity for this math counting game.

Clip card number math game


Hole Punching Activities

Here’s more awesome numbers 0-10 hole punch activities for building number identification Fun Hole Punch Activities combined with learning numbers as digits, ten frames, tallies, and fingers! Click the image below to check it out.

Hand Help Hole Punch 0-10 Number Recognition Game

Robot Subitizing Game Printable

Our Robot Colouring math game is another double bubble winner! Combining pencil grip, subitizing and number identification so kids can learn numbers and build pre-writing skills. Win Win! Click the image below to get 5 FREE versions of the dice math game!

robot colouring freebie

Small World Preschool Number Recognition Games

Kids love small world play and we always have one set up in our Kindergarten. We added some numbers to our pirate ships to encourage kids to add that many figures to the boat. So simple but they loved it! It was great to hear the kids using language of comparison and quantity e.g., ‘too many’, ‘one more’, ‘more’ ‘add’.

Small World Play


Our Teaching Resources…

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free math printables for kids

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Rainbow Subitizing math game

Hole Punch fine motor activities

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Children’s Books For Teaching Measurement


Teaching Number Recognition Ideas On Pinterest

Teaching Number Recognition on Pinterest

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