This free spring counting book is a fun and easy way to help your preschooler or kindergartner practice their numbers, counting, and sight words.
This free printable spring emergent reader features printer-friendly black and white graphics and ten pages of counting fun. In addition to ten “I see ___” coloring pages, the book also has a page with numerals and written numbers 1-10 in a dotted font to trace. I hope your little learner enjoys as much as mine does!
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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 spring counting book
First, grab your download from lower down in the post.
Next, print the pages you want. If you don’t want to use every sheet, that’s fine.
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 can 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.
For this spring counting book for preschoolers, I decided to hole punch and use binder rings to demonstrate making a reusable counting flip book. Simply 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 use these binder rings. The storage box is a little flimsy and small for the quantity, but the rings hold very well.
Use with your little learner and enjoy! There are many 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 or crayon.
- Help your child practice one to one correspondence by covering each spring image with a manipulative or counter as they count. These cute garden critters math manipulatives are perfect!
- 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.
- Let your child color the pages.
I know it sounds too good to be true, but you really can make reusable coloring pages with a laminator and Stabilo Woody pencils. Trying to color with dry erase markers is frustrating because they erase themselves. Stabilo Woodies do not. Stop by this post with free printable dinosaur coloring pages to see a video of me coloring (and erasing) a laminated page. You’ll be amazed!
- The multi-talented pencil, colouring, watercolour and wax crayon all-in-one
- Due to its small chunky shape and size it suitable for childrens hands and allows a fine grip
- High denseness and colour intensity, even on dark paper and glass - it is easy to wipe off ceramic type surfaces
However you chose to use this printable book with your child or students, I hope they enjoy.
Free printable spring counting emergent reader book download
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I hope you enjoy! I’m working on creating the entire alphabet of emergent readers, and more themes, too. Currently you can find a llama themed positional word emergent reader cut/paste book in this post with a llama learning pack. Make sure to check back again soon and leave a comment with any requests!