Counting to 10

Now that your child understands the sounds of numbers, what number symbols look like and one to one correspondence, it's time to put all those skills together and start counting! And we have plenty of fun worksheets and other printables that will help them do just that! Remember that it is important that children not only count by rote but understand cardinality - which means that the last number they say also describes the number of objects they are counting. In other words, if counting three objects - "one, two three" - that three is the important number.

Counting to 10 Day to Day

  • Many of the ideas on our One to One Correspondence page still apply and are great counting practice.
  • Keep counting - everything! Keep counting along with your child, but start to ask them simple counting questions too.
  • Count with movement. Clap and count. Stomp and count. Jump and count. Lots of fun!
  • Hopscotch counting. Draw the numbers 0 to 10 or 1 to 10 with chalk and get the kids to jump or hop along them, counting as they go.
  • Begin to introduce comparing numbers (just as a taster - there will more of this later). Put 3 cookies on one plate and 4 cookies on another plate. Ask your child which plate has more.
  • Throwing games are fun; how many times can you throw a ball between you, or perhaps against the wall, catching it before it bounces. Indoors you could throw a beanbag and count the number of times you can catch it before it falls.
  • Real objects make counting real - especially if children are struggling. Keep a collection of small objects for counting practice, including snap cubes, small toys and other aids.
    • Move objects and count. Grab 2 containers - small plastic bowls are perfect. Collect lots of counters, or pebbles, or beads, or mini pompoms, or chocolate treats or small Lego bricks, and place them in one bowl in the centre of the table. Put out a number card or roll a dice and ask your child to move the correct number from the centre bowl to his or hers. Use tweezers to get some good fine motor skills practice at the same time!
    • Make towers! Snap cubes are great for this. If you don't have snap cubes you can use Duplo or Lego bricks. Make towers of snap cubes and guess, then count, how many cubes are in the tower.
    • Rattle box challenge: Fill a small box or other container with a number of beads, beans or counters when your child isn't looking. Ask them to shake the box and guess how many - then open the box and count. Did they guess right?
  • Play the Snap Challenge game: Make a game out of "fast" counting by playing Snap Challenge with your child. At any moment - during a meal, in the car, in the bath, on a walk, call out "Snap Challenge: how many xxx" and point to something for your child to count. Encourage your child to Snap Challenge you, too!
  • Use ten frames and ten towers with counters or small objects. Placing objects onto ten frames consistently now helps children visualise numbers but also builds a very useful base for next steps (number bonds, addition and subtraction, larger numbers, mental maths etc). You will find a variety of printable resources below, including our favourite Monster Playdough Mats with ten frames.

Counting Worksheets

Now is the time to introduce some of our simple counting worksheets. We provide 3 levels for plenty of practice and there are a variety of topics, holidays and interests - something for all!

Counting Worksheets
Counting Worksheets

We also have a fun collection of number jigsaws which are simple to cut out and involve the children putting the numbers back into the correct order to get the picture correct. We've got all sorts to choose from!

Number Jigsaws
Number Jigsaws

You might also like to have a look at our Dot to Dot pages - many of which are based on numbers up to 10.

Dot to Dots
Dot to Dots

More Help with Counting to 10

African Animals Number Line 0-10

African Animals Number Line 0-10

This African animals number line is such a fun way to cheer up tables and desks in the classroom. Just slice (and laminate if you wish) and get counting...

All Counting Scene Worksheets

All Counting Scene Worksheets

Here is a set of 7 counting worksheets with a difference. Children must look closely at the scene and count the number of each item that they see. These worksheets are designed to help children enjoy learning to count from 1-10.

Apple Tree Dice Game

Apple Tree Dice Game

This is a fun number recognition game for an adult to play with a child, or for two children. It is easy to learn and quick to play, and there's lots of opportunity for counting too.

Birds Number Line 0-10

Birds Number Line 0-10

Learn to count with the help of our cute penguin, robin and owl! Slice these number lines up and laminate if you wish.

Count the Christmas Presents Puzzle and Colouring Page

Count the Christmas Presents

Someone's been busy! I wonder who has left all the Christmas presents, and how many there are ... can you count?

Count The Rabbits

Count The Rabbits

Colour in this fun puzzle page, counting the rabbits as you go! Inspired by Chinese New Year of the Rabbit but fun any time.

Counting Cubes Large Ten Colours

Counting Cubes Large Ten Colours

This is a ten page file with ten different colours of large counting cubes - perfect for when you need something for cutting and sticking into maths notebooks. They might also be useful when you want to do a "hands-on" activity but don't have any maths manipulatives to hand.

Counting Cubes Ten of Each Colour

Counting Cubes Ten of Each Colour

This set of printable counting cubes includes 10 of each colour, including a "top" cube. We've spaced them so that you can cut them out as quickly as possible.

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten

When you need a manipulative but don't have any to hand, these "paper" versions might be useful - and they are also great for cutting and pasting onto home-made posters and displays.

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten All Colours

Counting Cubes Towers of Ten All Colours

This 2-page printable contains 10 ready-stacked towers of our counting cubes for you to cut out and use with other same-size printables in the collection, in 10 different colours.

Counting Posters 1 to 10

Counting Posters 1 to 10

These posters have been designed with lovely, bright illustrations that we hope the kids will love to count!

Farm Animals Number Line 0-10

Farm Animals Number Line 0-10

Who could resist a little counting practice when they are helped along with our pig, cow and sheep! These number lines have been designed to be extra quick to print, slice and use. Laminate for wearability if you wish.

Father Christmas Delivers Map Puzzle 1

Father Christmas Delivers Map Puzzle 1

Here is a different sort of puzzle, which asks children to count carefully in an attempt to help Father Christmas find a lost key. There is practice of up, down, left and right too.

Fill in the Missing Numbers 1 to 10

Fill in the Missing Numbers 1 to 10

There are 2 worksheets in the pdf file below which take the children through filling in the missing numbers from 1 to 10, with an increasing number of blanks for them to fill in. For an extra activity we have also asked them to colour or circle a number in each row.

Flowers Counting 1

Flowers Counting 1

Encourage the children to practise their counting skills with this colourful worksheet - can they count the number of each pretty flower?

Flowers Counting 2

Flowers Counting 2

What a colourful counting page! Can the children count the number of each flower and write the number in the box provided?

Flowers counting 3

Flowers Counting 3

This lovely worksheet, full of pretty flowers, is a really enjoyable counting activity for the kids! 

Flowers Number Match Up

Flowers Number Match Up

Practise counting with these pretty flower number match up cards! Print out the five pages in the PDF file onto some card, cut each pair in half then mix up and give to the kids to reassemble. 

Fruit and Vegetable Counting Playdough Mats

Fruit and Vegetable Counting Playdough Mats

Count and colour the correct number of fruits and vegetables and then make a number shape out of playdough. Or ask the kids to put a blob of playdough on top of, or model, the correct number of fruit and veg.

How Many Easter Eggs?

How Many Easter Eggs?

How many Easter eggs can the kids spot in the Easter colouring page and puzzle...

Kite Counting Worksheet 1

Kite Counting Worksheet 1

Here's a colourful worksheet that'll soon have the kids flying with their counting skills! Can they count the number of bows on the tail of each kite?

Kite Counting Worksheet 2

Kite Counting Worksheet 2

Can the children draw the correct number of bows equal to the number on each kite? A fun way to practise counting!

Kite Counting Worksheet 3

Kite Counting Worksheet 3

This bright and cheerful kite worksheet makes counting practise fun! Can the children match the tails with the correct number of bows to the kites?

Minibeasts Number Line 0-10

Minibeasts Number Line 0-10

Help the kids learn to count with these extra cute minibeast number lines! We have an ant, bee and beetle to help them along...

Missing Numbers Worksheet Set 1

Missing Numbers Worksheet Set 1

Help Fred the friendly dog learn to count up to 10, and count on, by filling in the missing numbers on this fun set of 4 worksheets.

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 1

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 1

Our first set of "dot" cards in our mix and match series has fairly regular patterns and simple black dots. Match them to numbers, number words, pictures or other dot cards in the series. Blank cards are included.

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 2

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 2

When children are learning to count, sometimes the placement of objects confuses them. They might count 5 dots on our Dot Cards set 1 but not recognise that ther are also 5 dots on the appropriate card in this set, now that the dots are jumbled around and not in a regular pattern.

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 3

Mix and Match Number Dot Cards 0 to 10 Set 3

The dots on this set of mix and match number cards have changed colour and size - but there are still the numbers 1 to 10 for the children to count and match with other cards in our mix and match series!

Mix and Match Number Picture Cards 1 to 10

Mix and Match Number Picture Cards 1 to 10

We've added pictures to this set of number cards - extra fun for kids learning to count. You can use these cards double-sided by folding along the central vertical line and gluing the pictures back to back.

Mix and Match Number Symbol Cards 0 to 10

Mix and Match Number Symbol Cards 0 to 10

This set of mix and match number cards includes the numbers 0 to 10, as well as variations on the 1, 4, 7, 9 and 10 to choose from. Use them with the other mix and match cards in the series, or in simple number and counting activities as mini flash cards.

Monster Number Playdough Mats 0 to 10

Monster Number Playdough Mats 0 to 10

Have some fun with these bright and appealing monster number playdough mats, each featuring a rather adorable monster to encourage the kids in their endeavours! Fill in the number with playdough and then put the correct number of blobs of playdough into the ten frame.

Monster Number Posters 0 to 10

Monster Number Posters 0 to 10

This gorgeous colourful monster number posters definitely catch the eye! Each one contains an adorable monster, a big and bold number, and a ten frame with the appropriate number of counters for visualisation and counting practice.

Number Flash Cards 1-30

Number Flash Cards 1-30

These fun printable number flash cards come in all sorts of lovely "candy" colours, with big thick borders to make them appealing to the kids. Print them, cut them out and round the corners if you like.

Large Number Cards with Dots

Number Flash Cards with Dots - Large

Practice counting and number recognition with these fun printable number cards - in large size! They print one to a page and we have numbers 1-10. Print onto card or good white paper, fold where indicated and glue together before cutting out.

Number Line 0-10 - Bees

Number Line 0-10 - Bees

These colourful number lines come with blue edges and cheerful bees to help the kids along. Just slice along the dotted lines to divide them up.

Number Line 0-10 - Kids

Number Line 0-10 - Kids

Cheerful children will encourage your kids to practise their counting skills on these cute number line printables...

Number Line 0-10 - Stars

Number Line 0-10 - Stars

Cheer up the desks or tables with these colourful number lines for little kids, complete with stars!

Picture Number Posters 1-10

Picture Number Posters 1-10

These lovely picture number posters will brighten up the classroom or home. Count the objects and match them with the number at the top of the poster. You'll count parrots and goldfish, candles and fingers and a few other things too!

Rainbow Number Matching Cards

Rainbow Number Matching Cards

Print out our number matching cards onto cardstock and cut out. Can the kids match the number on the left with the correct numbers of "pots of gold" on the right?

Recognising Numbers Worksheets

Recognising Numbers Worksheets 0 to 10

This easy to download pack contains the full set of our recognising numbers worksheets from 0-10 to help speed things along. Each worksheet contains a variety of activities to help children reinforce their learning while having fun.

Round Number Cards 0 to 20

Round Number Cards 0 to 20

These little round cards can be used for matching and memory games, for learning activities or for display.

Sea creatures number line 0-10

Sea Creatures Number Line 0-10

Here are three easy-to-print number lines for early learning, with numbers 0 to 10 and some very cute sea creatures to help the kids learn to count!

Simple Number Mats 1 to 10

Simple Number Mats 1 to 10

You can use this set of simple number mats, featuring numbers 1 to 10, in many ways. Start by counting the dots, using a finger with youngest children. Then give children a pile of counters and help them count out the correct number, covering over the dots one by one.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear is an ideal introduction to dice games for very young children. They can learn to count the dots on the die and begin to recognise the patterns on the die by looking for the matching pattern on the teddies.

Ten Frame Flash Cards

Ten Frame Flash Cards

Using ten frames really helps children to visualise numbers, understand one to one correspondence and build their counting skills. This set of flash cards has 11 cards from 0 to 10 and can be used as folding, double sided flash cards or as 2 separate sets - perhaps for matching activities.

Ten Frames - Blank

Ten Frames - Blank

This is our simplest ten frames printable, with 3 black and white frames to print and cut out for your counting activities.

Ten Frames - Colour

Ten Frames - Colour

These useful ten frames print 3 to a page and come in 4 different, cheerful colours. Print the whole set and you will have 12 ten frames ready to use or perhaps to laminate first for durability. We've designed them so they are quick and easy to slice or cut apart.

Ten Frames - Large Blank with Counters

Ten Frames - Large Blank with Counters

This pdf file contains 4 large ten frames with different coloured backgrounds, perfect for counting activities with younger children. Cut them out then laminate them to make them extra glossy and durable! We've included an abundance of counters to cut out too, if you wish.

Ten Frames Numbered Black

Ten Frames Numbered Black

These simple ten frames can be used for display, to sit on tables for reference and for counting and matching activities. Print 3 to a page and choose from UK or US fonts below.

Ten Frames Numbered Colour Horizontal

Ten Frames Numbered Colour Horizontal

There are four colours in each pack of 10 frames, with greyed out numbers for the kids to use as reference and an aid to counting. They are the perfect size for adding counters, snap cubes or other counting aids.

Ten Frames Numbered Colour Vertical

Ten Frames Numbered Colour Vertical

Choose from 4 packs of 10 frames below, each containing 3 different colours with 3 of each per page - perfect for classroom use. These are for when you want to give extra help to the kids and stand the ten frames vertically. Set 1 numbers them from top down, and set 2 numbers them from top up.

Ten Frames Numbered Grey

Ten Frames Numbered Grey

There are three useful 10 frames to print per page, with greyed out letters which the children can use as counting reference, or perhaps to trace over.

Ten Towers 0 to 10

Ten Towers 0 to 10

This useful Ten Towers printable can be used for counting practice or for display. Cut the "ten towers" apart (and laminate each one individually if you wish).

Ten Towers - Blank, Black and White

Ten Towers Blank Black and White

Here is a simple page of blank black and white ten towers to print and cut out. Laminate for repeat use or stick them into a workbook. Alternatively cut the whole block of ten towers out or just turn the page and use them for counting and number activities.

Ten Towers Blank Colour

Ten Towers Blank Colour

This set of Ten Towers includes 5 pages of coloured ten towers to cut out into separate towers or use in blocks of 4. We've also included a variety of counters, should you need some.

Ten Towers for Counting On and Counting Back

Ten Towers for Counting On and Counting Back

Print and cut out this set of 10 Ten Towers, on which we've highlighted the numbers in sequence. Pick up up and put your finger on the highlighted number, then show your child how to count on from that number, and count back from that number.

Ten Towers Numbered Black and White

Ten Towers Numbered Black and White

These simple black and white Ten Towers can help with counting activities, number bonds to 10, first addition, counting on and so on. Choose from 4 versions: with UK and US school fonts, and numbered up and down from 10.

Ten Towers Numbered Colour

Ten Towers Numbered Colour

Here are some colour versions of our Ten Towers, numbered both up and down from 10. Print and cut out 4 different towers to make counting colourful and fun. Choose from UK or US school fonts too.

Traffic Jam Number Line

Traffic Jam Number Line

Print out our traffic jam number line and leave it as it is to make a set of simple posters, or cut out the bright, simple cars and create a number line.

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