These free printable spring count and clip cards are a fun, low-prep way to help your child improve their number recognition, counting to 12 skills, finger strength, and fine motor skills.
These cute counting clip cards are perfect for your spring preschool theme. All images are genetically spring-y, not related to a specific holiday. Please see this post with Easter count and clip cards if you’d prefer an Easter theme. Make sure to grab these free printable spring do a dot marker pages, too, and this free printable spring counting book to support your spring lessons.
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How to print and and use spring count and clip cards
Counting clip cards, also called count and clip cards, are a fun, interactive way to practice counting and number recognition.
Count and clip cards help your child develop and improve:
- Number sense
- Counting abilities (these cards feature 1-12)
- Number recognition
- Subitizing skills
- Fine motor skills
You know what subitizing is, even if you don’t recognize the word. Subitizing is the ability to recognize small quantities without counting them. For example, you automatically know when you see two dots on a die that it means “2” without counting “1, 2.”
These cards also help develop fine motor skills when your child uses a clothespin or manipulative to mark their answer.
If you don’t have a clothespin, or if it’s too challenging for your child, they can make their answer with a manipulative. We’ve used counting bears, pompoms, and even nature treasures. For an extra fine motor challenge, have your child use bamboo toast tongs or plastic tweezers to place the manipulative.
We frequently use this set of counting bears that comes with a pair of tongs. It also comes activity cards, sorting cups, and 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 count clip cards
You don’t need much time or materials to print and use this low-prep preschool math activity.
- Your free printable spring count and clip cards. The download is located further down the post. You’ll see a big rectangle with a pink outline – you’ll know where to click!
- Paper or cardstock. If you’re not laminating, use cardstock for greater durability.
- If you are laminating, I recommend 32 lb “premium” paper. It’s sturdier than normal printer paper and produces bright, beautiful images.
- Laminator and laminating pouches.
- Laminating is optional, but helps you make the most of your printer ink and time.
- Printables typically only last for a couple of uses with young children if they’re not laminated. Laminated printables can last for years and multiple children.
- A laminator usually pays for itself after about 20 pages when compared to laminating at the store.
- 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’ve started using Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 pencils instead of dry erase markers. They’re water soluble and can be used as watercolor pencils or as a dry erase marker. I think they’re even better than dry erase markers because they don’t have ink. I’m sick of buying dry erase markers that are almost dry when I open them at home. I’m also tired of clothes getting ruined with dry erase marker ink. And of scrubbing it off little hands.
Stabilo Woody pencils are the answer.
Stabilo Woody crayons wipe off easily with a very slightly damp cloth. My daughter accidentally got some on the white painted fireplace surround and it wiped right off without staining, no scrubbing required.
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.
Check out the Stabilo Woody line. They have rich, creamy colors and my daughter loves them for drawing and coloring. I love that they don’t stain and don’t smell. They’re a win-win.
- XXL lead applies as much pigment as 8 colored pencils at once
- Large width ideal for smaller hands
How to use counting clip cards
Download the PDF and print the pages you want. The cards have numbers 1-12 with 4 numbers per page. You can use use one or two of the pages if your child isn’t working on larger numbers yet.
Laminate the pages before cutting them out.
Cut out the cards. Make sure to leave the number choices along the bottom of each card attached to the image portion of the card.
Count, clip, and have fun learning! We usually count the images together, then my daughter finds and marks the correct number.
If you don’t have a clothespin, or just want to mix things up to keep them interesting, your child can place a manipulative on top of their answer or mark it with a dry erase crayon or marker.
Free printable spring count and clip cards download
The sweet watercolor clipart in these printables is copyright by DigitalArtsi and is used under license. Thank you, Jane, for your beautiful artwork and generous licensing.
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I hope your little learner has lots of fun with these spring themed counting clip cards! Make sure to grab these additional free printables for spring: