These free printable St. Patrick’s Day count and punch cards are a fun way to help your child practice their counting and fine motor skills! The cards also make an easy go-bag activity for car trips and waiting rooms. Download and print these count and punch cards today!
Count and punch cards are different from count and clip cards. If you’re looking for count and clip cards to use with a clothespin, please see this post with free printable St. Patrick’s Day counting clip cards.
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How to use count and punch cards
Count and punch cards are a fun, low-prep activity. You probably already have everything you need at home.
There are two versions of each card – an “easier” version with the correct number of shamrocks on each card and a more challenging version with 12 shamrocks on each card. The set with shamrocks that correspond exactly to the number shown is usually more appropriate for preschoolers. The more challenging version is typically better for pre-k and kinder, but it depends on your child.
Make sure to visit page of preschool math printables for even more math activities for your little learner!
- Free printable PDF. The download information is lower down in the post.
- Printer and printer paper. Normally I recommend a heavyweight paper, but it isn’t necessary for these printables. You might want to use colorful paper, though, for a more eye-catching activity.
- Paper trimmer or scissors.
- A single hole punch. We use this style because it’s easier for preschoolers to use.
- Innovative ProPunch technology for 50% easier jam-free, 1-hole punching
- Smooth, ergonomic easy-squeeze handles with non-slip grip and handle lock
- Convenient in-handle waste compartment with easy-open door
Using count and punch cards
Preparing and using these cards is simple.
First, print the pages you want. The first two pages are the “easier” version. Pages 3-4 are the more difficult. My three year old uses the easier version. I always print at least two copies at a time because she loves to hole punch!
Cut out the cards by cutting along the solid lines. I’ve used this paper cutter for years.
Show your little one how to count and punch! The “easier” count and punch cards are shown below. Each card has the correct number of shamrocks. Your child may want to color them first for additional fun.
Demonstrate how to open the hole punch and dump the punched hole pieces. My daughter loves emptying the hole punch debris into a bowl. After she’s all done with the activity for the time being, she empties the bowl into the trash. This helps teach your child how to clean up activities and provides additional fine motor practice.
We keep unused count and punch cards in a zippered pencil pouch with the hole punch. It makes a fantastic go-bag activity that’s easy to grab for car trips. Clear-front pencil pouches are a great way to organize small activities like this. You can easily see what’s inside without opening the container and can store them in a large three ring binder.
- Set Of 2 Black Pencil Pouch (Orange and Blue)
- 3 Ring Binder Pencil Pouches: 10 x 6.75 inch
- Zipper Pencil Case With Clear Pvc Top
Free printable St. Patrick’s Day count and punch cards download
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I hope your little learner enjoys these St. Patrick’s Day themed count and punch cards as much as mine does!
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.