These free printable St. Patrick’s Day roll and cover games are a fun, no-prep way to help your preschooler’s math skills.
They’ll also receive fine motor practice while covering the numbers and maybe even some gross motor movement, too, if you use the included free printable numeral inserts for a differentiated instruction cube.
This free preschool math activity for St. Patrick’s Day is virtually prep-free. Download them and your child will be having fun (and learning) in just a few minutes.
There are four different St. Patrick’s Day designs to keep your child interested and engaged. Images include hats, pots of gold, coins, and rainbows.
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How to print and use roll and cover mats
This set of roll and cover mats includes a bonus you won’t find in other similar printables – a free printable numeral die template and numeral gross motor cube inserts.
You don’t need a differentiated instruction cube to play, but it adds more movement to the game. The numerals, instead of dots, can also help younger children play and use these as a number matching game. Children frequently can recognize a numeral before they can consistently count to a number.
Of course, counting pips on a die is great counting practice. Feel free to use a “normal” die, instead.
This list of materials may seem like a lot, but it really isn’t. I just like to give explanations and alternatives. You probably already have everything you need at home.
- Your free printable roll and cover mats. The printable die template and gross motor cube inserts are included in the same PDF. The download is located lower in the post.
- Printer and paper. I recommend 32 lb bright white paper. It’s more durable than standard printer paper and is brighter for nicer images. See this post on the best paper for printables for a side-by-side comparison of printouts on several papers and cardstocks.
- Laminator and pouches, optional but recommended.
- You can also use secure page protectors. We use these heavy duty “secure” page protectors with a flap to keep the page inside whenever I don’t feel like laminating.
- Scissors and/or paper trimmer. I use this paper trimmer.
- Manipulatives to cover the numbers.
- You can also mark numbers off with markers, crayons, etc. We love Stabilo Woody wax crayons instead of dry erase markers. No stink and no ink to stain everything!
- Tongs, optional. Your child can place manipulative with tongs or large plastic tweezers for an added fine motor challenge.
- This set of math bears we use comes with tongs and a numeral die.
- Differentiated instruction cube, optional, or dice.
- For “regular” dice, I recommend large soft dice if you have little ones at home who are still placing things in their mouths.
- Glue or tape, if you’re making the provided die template.
How to print and prepare roll and cover mats:
First, grab your PDF from lower down in the post.
Print the pages you want. There are four different pages. Each one has the numbers 1-6 twice per page. The last three pages of the PDF are for the printable dice. Two pages are differentiated instruction cube inserts, one page is a die template to cut and assemble.
Laminate the roll and cover game boards or slip them in page protectors.
Cut the differentiated instruction cube cards and slide them in to your cube, if using. Officially, the opposite faces of a six-sided die always add up to 7, like you see in this printable die template:
If you’re using the printable die, cut it along the solid lines. Fold the tabs in and assemble. I recommend using Tacky Glue on the tabs and tape along all the outside edges to improve durability.
Play! Play is simple – a player rolls the die, then finds and covers the appropriate number if one is still available on their card. Because there are four designs, multiple children can play together. If you’re using a traditional die, you can count the pips aloud with your child.
Play ends when all the spaces are covered. Luckily, this set includes four difference designs so your child can play again and again! (My daughter seems endless entertained by these mats, especially when we use the gross motor cube.)
For an added fine motor challenge, have your child use tongs to place their manipulative over the number.
Free printable St. Patrick’s roll and cover mat download
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I hope your little learner has fun practicing their numbers and fine motor skills with these roll and cover printables! Make sure to grab these additional free printables for St. Patrick’s Day while you’re here on The Artisan Life: