These free printable winter counting cards feature the numbers 1-10 written in English and Spanish as well as numerals. Each card has an iceberg and cute watercolor penguins to count. As an added bonus, there are also heart tiles to cut out so you don’t have to source your own manipulative for counting if you don’t want to!
Because we are a bilingual household, I’m adding more Spanish language resources for preschoolers as my daughter continues to grow and learn. If your child is learning Spanish, please stop by this post for your free printable Spanish alphabet tracing pages.
If your child isn’t learning Spanish, that’s fine. A knowledge of Spanish isn’t required to use 2/3 of the cards. If you want to use the Spanish cards, but aren’t sure how to pronounce the words, Spanish Dict has a fantastic resource for pronouncing numbers.
For more preschool winter fun, grab these freebies while you’re here:
- Winter picture bingo
- Winter I spy printables
- Easy picture winter crossword puzzle
- Winter do a dot printables
- Winter tracing fine motor practice
How to prepare and use winter counting cards
The cards are quick and easy to prepare. Let’s take a look at the materials you’ll need:
- Free printable number matching/counting cards (download link is lower in the post)
- Cardstock or paper
- Laminator and pouches
- Optional but helpful. Cards are reusable and easy to clean when you laminate them.
- Scissors and/or paper trimmer.
- Small manipulatives and tongs or tweezers, optional
- For an added fine motor challenge, have your child place a manipulative like pompoms using large plastic tweezers or bamboo tongs.
How to prepare winter counting cards
First, download your free printable number matching cards. The download link is lower in the post. You’ll see an image that says “download here.”
Print the pages you need. The pages are arranged in order with three cards for each number (English text, Spanish text, numeral). You don’t have to print all of the pages if your child isn’t ready for numbers all the way to 10. The cards are four to a page and about 4″ x 5″ when cut out.
*Please note that the photos on this page show 1, one, and uno on the same sheet. The download has all English words, then all Spanish words, then all numbers so it’s easier to just print the sets you want.*
Laminate the pages, if you’re using a laminator. Laminating first means you only cut once.
Cut out the cards along the lines. Cut the heart tiles, too, if you want to use them.
Play and enjoy!
How to use counting card mats
These winter counting cards can be used in so many ways since they’re in both Spanish and English. Here are a few ideas:
- One-to-one correspondence
- Matching English and Spanish written numbers
- Matching written numbers to numerals
- To reinforce vocabulary for English language learners or for children learning Spanish
- To improve fine motor skills when used with play dough balls, pompoms, or other small manipulatives
Using cards to improve number sense with one-to-one correspondence is easy. Simply have your child place a manipulative (or heart tile) on each image on the card. When there’s a manipulative on each image, they’ve counted to the number shown on the card.
When I demonstrate counting with my daughter, I always work from the upper left corner and go left to right, just like with reading. She hasn’t mastered this yet, so marking each image is very important or she loses track of what she’s counting.
It sounds so simple, but it’s challenging for little learners.
You can also use the cards to make a cute banner to decorate your child’s learning space. Use clothespins to clip the cards along a line (like baker’s twine) while they’re not in use.
Free winter counting cards download
Like all preschool printables on The Artisan Life, these are for personal and single classroom use (including use with scouts groups, therapy clients, homeschool co-ops, etc.).
You are not licensed to redistribute the digital files or printouts to other teachers/parents for use with their children or students. Instead, please refer your friends and coworkers to this page so they can download their own copies.
I hope your little learner enjoys playing (and learning) with these winter counting mats as much as mine does! Please let me know what theme of counting card (or resource in Spanish) you’d like to see next by learning a comment below.
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.