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Help your child practice their counting with this fun St. Patrick’s Day counting activity.

Rote counting is a good way to learn to say numbers, but when your kiddo is ready to start recognizing them you’ll want to try this fun counting activity for St. Patrick’s Day. This count and clip game is perfect for one-to-one counting and number recognition.

Related: St. Patrick’s Day Bingo with Numbers

count and clip counting activity

What is Rote Counting?

When you are your child counts “one, two, three, etc.” you are rote counting. It is the easiest and simplest counting activity and usually occurs first in the development of number sense.

WHAT IS NUMBER RECOGNITION?

Number recognition is simply the ability to identify and name numbers.

“Number recognition can actually be broken down into separate skills – matching, identifying, and naming. When matching, a child can find the matching numeral when shown an example. This is the first step in number recognition. The child perceives the differences between the numerals.

Identifying is the next step. Identifying focuses on the ability to point out a numeral when named.

The next step is naming. In this step, the child can name the numeral when asked.”

(Learning is Fun)
counting activity for st. patricks day

How to Use this Counting Activity

You can print and laminate the card as a whole or print and cut each card.    I suggest laminating the cards so that you can use them over and over again.

For new learners, I like to go over each number with them before they start.  Remember they are still learning to recognize these numbers. Next, you will want to teach kids to count one by one.  If needed you can bring in counting chips or other manipulatives to help reinforce this concept.

Finally, have them choose the number that corresponds with the picture.  They can do this by:

  • Placing a clothespin on the number (great for building strength in their fingers which will aid in writing)
  • Putting a counting chip over the number
  • Using a crayon, marker, or dot paint to indicate their choice (non-laminated boards)
St. Patrick's Day Counting activity

A final word:

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