These free printable Easer counting clip cards are a fun, low-prep way to help your child improve their counting abilities, number recognition, finger strength, and fine motor skills.
The cards feature sweet digital watercolor Easter images that are pretty and eye-catching to keep your little learner’s attention. These count and clip cards are fun as part of your homeschool preschool Easter theme or for use in a preschool classroom. I hope you enjoy them!
For more low-prep Easter learning fun, be sure to check out these additional free printables here on The Artisan Life:
- Easter do a dot printables
- Easter tracing pages
- Easter picture bingo
- Easter matching game
- Easter dot to dot printables
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How to print and and use counting clip cards
Counting clip cards, also called count and clip cards, are a fun and engaging way to practice counting and number recognition.
Counting clip cards help your child develop and improve:
- Number sense
- Counting abilities
- Number recognition
- Subitizing skills
- Fine motor skills
Subitizing is the ability to instantly recognize small quantities without consciously counting them. For example, you automatically know when you see three dots on a die that it means “3” without counting them “1, 2, 3” the way a young child does. This is subitizing.
Fine motor skills are improved when your child uses a close pin to “clip” their answer. This can be very challenging for little fingers!
If you don’t have a clothespin, that’s fine. Your child can mark the answers with a manipulative, like a counting bear, pompom, or nature treasure. For a greater fine motor challenge, have them use large tongs or tweezers to place the manipulative. In the image below, you can see my daughter using a graphing page with tweezers and wool balls:
This set of counting bears comes with tongs, cups, and activity cards. It also comes with a reusable storage box! It’s the set we personally use and a great way to get started with math manipulatives if you don’t have any yet:
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Materials needed for counting clip cards
You don’t need much time or materials to print and use this low-prep activity.
- Your free printable. The download is located further down the post.
- Paper or cardstock. If you’re not laminating, use cardstock. If you are laminating, I recommend 32 lb “premium” paper. It has a surprisingly non-premium price, is thicker than regular printer paper, and is bright white for vibrant images.
- Laminator and laminating pouches. These are optional, but highly recommended. Printables typically only last for a couple of uses with young children if they’re not laminated. Laminating at home quickly saves you money compared to printables to an office supply store for lamination.
- Scissors or a paper trimmer/cutter. I use this paper trimmer.
- A clothespin or manipulative to mark answers. If your pages are laminated, your child can use a dry erase marker or (even better) a dry erase crayon.
We recently discovered Stabilo Woody crayons/pencils and they’re amazing. I wish I’d known about them when I was still in the classroom. They’re basically a wax crayon inside a large wood pencil body that’s easy for children to grasp. They’re water soluble and can be used as watercolor pencils or in lieu of a dry erase marker.
Stabilo Woody crayons wipe off easily with a very slightly damp cloth. Unlike dry erase markers, Woodies have no stink and no ink to stain clothes, hands, or furniture. They are a great tool for your homeschool preschool supply box that you can use again and again without worrying about caps being left off and markers drying out.
If that sounds too good to be true, check out the video in this post with free printable dinosaur coloring pages. I demonstrate how well they color on laminated pages and how quickly they erase.
Even if you have a clothespin and don’t need them for this particular activity, check out the Stabilo Woody line.
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How to use counting clip cards
Your little one will be enjoying these printable Easter counting clip cards in just a few minutes!
First, download your printable and print the pages you want. The cards have numbers 1-12 with 4 numbers per page.
Laminate the pages before cutting them out, unless your laminator instructs otherwise. Laminating first saves time because you cut once instead of twice.
Cut the cards out.
Count, clip, and enjoy! My daughter is still working on left to right order, so I reinforce it by counting from left to right, top to bottom because this is reading order in English in Spanish.
I demonstrate by counting aloud while pointing at each item with my index finger. She usually gets excited and joins in the counting. Then I ask her “Do you see the number __?” and she clips her guess.
I frequently hold the card for her because, as a young three year old, she sometimes needs both hands to open her clothespin.
If you don’t have a clothespin, your child can place a manipulative on top of their answer or mark it with a dry erase crayon/marker. They’re a fantastic art supply that will quickly become a go-to favorite!
You can make the cards self-checking for your child by marking a mark with a Sharpie on the back of each card that corresponds to the position of the correct number.
Free printable Easter count and clip cards download
Alright, let’s get to the free printables!
The artwork on these counting clip cards is copyright by the generous, talented DigitalArtsi. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful artwork and generous, affordable licensing.
Like all free preschool printables on The Artisan Life, this game is free for personal and classroom use. You are also welcome to use it with scout troops, homeschool co-ops, etc. Basically, as long as you are personally organizing the activity, it’s fine to use these.
You are not licensed to redistribute the printouts or digital files to others. Just send your friends or coworkers to this post so they can download their own copies!
I hope your little learner has lots of fun with these Easter themed counting clip cards! Discover more free printables for Easter and Easter activities below: