My preschooler is a big fan of the zoo. She loves zoo animals, visiting the zoo, books about the zoo, and zoo-themed toys. Since she’s learning to count to 10 right now, I made these super-fun zoo counting clip cards to help her learn! Add these to your list of math activities for kids.
The best thing about these clip cards is that they not only help teach counting from 1-10, but they also help develop fine motor skills if you use a clothespin.
If you don’t have clothespins at home, you can also use beans, bingo chips, or even mini-erasers to mark the correct answer. After getting our clip cards, use the other ideas linked below to build a whole zoo-themed STEM unit!
How to Use the Zoo Counting Clip Cards
These zoo counting clip cards are almost no-prep and are ready-to-go! Just download, print, and cut out and they are ready to use.
I like to use clip cards with preschool and kindergarten kids because it not only helps them connect the number of objects to a numerical number, but it also strengthens their fine motor skills at the same time, which is helpful for developing good penmanship.
To use the cards, simply print them out, laminate them to make them sturdier, and get a set of colorful clothespins to use.
Store the cards and clothespins together in a bin. This makes an excellent independent math activity for math stations or math centers!
What you’ll need to print these counting clip cards:
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- Zoo-themed clip cards
- Printer and color ink
- Clothespins (or other marker of your choice)
- Laminator (for greater durability, but totally optional!)
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How to Make the Zoo Counting Clip Cards
After downloading, print the clip cards and cut them out.
Give them to your preschooler or kindergartner and let them clip the clothespin onto the correct answer. If you don’t have clothespins, use your imagination on what to use for your marker.
If you want these cards to last, I recommend laminating them. Once laminated, preschoolers and kindergartners can’t tear them and they can be used from year to year and with child to child.