This free camping theme counting book is a fun and easy way to help your preschooler or kindergartner practice their numbers, counting, and sight words. It’s perfect for summer, fall, or a camping unit theme any time of the year. I hope you enjoy!
This free printable interactive emergent reader features cute camping themed clipart. There are two different versions of the book – one with a blank space to fill in the written word, numeral, or tally marks and a second version of the book with the written number word in a dotted font to trace.
If you’d prefer a black and white counting book, please check out this spring counting book or fall counting book. For more camping themed printables, make sure to grab this camping bingo game and this free camping scavenger hunt!
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You don’t need much to print your own emergent reader book:
- Printable PDF (download information is lower down in the post)
- Paper and a printer
- I recommend using 32 lb paper. It’s heavier than standard printer paper, which means the book will hold up better to enthusiastic reading.
- Paper trimmer/cutter or scissors
- Any full sized stapler should work
- You can also use binder rings to make a flip book
- Laminator, to make the coloring book reusable. Optional. This works with hole punching and binder rings or yarn, but not with a stapler.
- Dry erase crayons, if you want to make the book reusable.
- We’ve started using Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 colored pencils instead of dry erase markers. They color extremely well on laminated pages, don’t stink, and don’t have ink to dry up and/or stain everything.
How to print and prepare your printable counting book
First, grab your download from lower down in the post. Look for the row of purple arrows pointing the way.
Next, print the pages you want. Both versions use the same first page. Make sure to print the correct pages for the version you want to use.
Laminate the pages, if you want to make the counting book reusable.
Cut out the pages. A paper trimmer or paper cutter is fastest, but scissors work, too. Make sure to cut around the entire outer rectangle, not just the inner decorative box. There is a margin on the left-hand side of each page for stapling or hole punching.
Staple the pages or hole punch to make a flip book with binder rings. Any full sized stapler should work fine, but a mini stapler won’t make it through all ten sheets.
I printed a copy of this free printable letter a book on my favorite 32 lb bright white printer paper, which is heavier than standard printer paper. I knew my heavy duty Swingline could handle 10 pages, so I tested the book with my inexpensive, slightly smaller, Amazon Basics stapler. It worked fine. The book shown below is the letter a book linked above. I didn’t take pictures of this camping themed book because my color printer isn’t working right now. Printing it in black and white works fine for using it at home but it doesn’t make for nice photos!
When I created this spring counting book for preschoolers, I decided to hole punch and use binder rings to demonstrate making a reusable counting flip book. You can punch two or three holes in the left margin, then slip binder rings through the holes. You could also tie the pages together with colorful yarn or twine. We used these binder rings.
Finally, use the book with your little learner and enjoy! There are several ways to use this printable counting book. Here are a few ideas:
- Have your child trace the number tracing page at the beginning with a finger first, then with a marker, crayon, or pencil. We like these preschooler-friendly pencils.
- Help your child practice one to one correspondence by covering each image with a manipulative or counter as they count.
- Write the number for your child after they count, if they’re still working on number formation.
- Read the book aloud to reinforce vocabulary.
- You may want to point to each word to reinforce left to right reading order and promote sight word recognition.
- Have your child work on independent reading with this simple reader. They may find pointing to each word helpful.
However you chose to use this printable book with your child or students, I hope they enjoy.
Free printable camping theme counting emergent reader book download
This book is licensed for personal and single classroom use. You are welcome to print and use it with your own children, students, therapy clients, homeschool co-op group, etc.
I hope you enjoy! Make sure to check out these additional literacy resources while you’re here on The Artisan Life: