These free printable football theme counting clip cards are low prep, hands on way to help your preschooler improve counting, number recognition, and fine motor skills. They're great for homeschool preschool or a preschool classroom as part of your math center. I hope you enjoy!
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How to print and and use count & clip cards
Count and clip cards are a low-prep, hands-on way to teach counting and number recognition while improving fine motor skills.
Each card shows a number of images from 1-12 with a row of three numbers along the bottom. Your child or student counts the images, then selects the correct number.
The cards are frequently used with a clothespin to "clip" the answer, which is why they're called "count and clip" cards.
If you don't have a clothespin, you can also have your child can mark the answers with a manipulative, like a counting bear, pompom, or nature treasure. They can also point to their answer.
For a greater fine motor challenge, your child can use large tongs or plastic tweezers to place a manipulative on their answer. In the picture below, you can see my daughter using tweezers and wool balls to mark a count and graph page:
Counting clip cards help your child develop and improve:
- Number sense
- Counting abilities
- Number recognition
- Subitizing skills
- Fine motor skills
Subitizing is when you recognize small quantities without consciously counting them.
As an adult, you don't need to count two or three bananas - you simply look at the bunch and know how many are there. This is subitizing.
Materials needed for count & clip cards
You don't need much time or materials to print and use these football themed counting cards:
- Your free printable. The download is located further down the post. Look for the row of purple arrows.
- Paper or cardstock.
- Laminator and laminating pouches. Optional, but recommended to make the cards reusable.
- 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 a dry erase crayon.
How to use count & clip cards with your kids
First, download your printable and print the pages you want to use. The cards have numbers 1-12 with 4 cards per page.
Laminate the pages before cutting them out, unless your laminator instructs otherwise. This saves you from cutting everything twice.
Cut the cards out. Make sure to leave the numbers along the bottom of each card with the picture area.
Count, clip, and have fun learning! As mentioned above, your child can also mark the card with a crayon or manipulative.
You can make the cards self-checking for your child or students by marking the correct answer on the back of each card. You can do this with a sticker or permanent marker.
Free printable football theme count and clip cards PDF download
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I hope your little learner has lots of fun with these football themed counting clip cards!
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