Ordinal Numbers to 20

We've got lots of fun ideas for learning the ordinal numbers from eleventh to twentieth - but plenty of practice may well be required, as the words are quite tricky to learn and many adults still have to stop and think about some of the spellings (twelfth being a particular stumbling point!) If your child has a good grasp of the concept and words for 1st to 10th, these next numbers should be straightforward.

Our resources for 1st to 10th are here:

Ideas for Learning Ordinal Numbers to 20

  • Handwriting worksheets. Use our ordinal number handwriting worksheets to help learn the ordinal number abbreviations and words (and their spellings).
  • Mix and match cards. Work with our ordinal number cards. Can your child put them in the correct order from 11th to 20th? From 1st to 20th? Back again? Do the same with our mix and match ordinal number word cards, from eleventh to twentieth? There are some tricky words there so give your child plenty of time to practice. Try matching up various sets of cards. Count 18 dots then match with the number 18 and 18th and eighteenth, for example.
  • Play with toys. Find 20 toys - perhaps 20 cars or cuddly toys or plastic farm animal models - and arrange them in a line. Number the toys with a set of our mix and match ordinal number cards - abbreviations (11th to 20th) to start with, and then the words when your child is more confident. Ask questions like "Which toy is 13th in line?"
  • Fun number lines. Cut out (and laminate if possible) our racing car, fish or owl ordinal numbers below. All of them have versions for the ordinal numbers 1st to 10th too. Combine the sets and get the kids to put the cards into the right order. And why not put them up on display, then ring the changes every so often?
  • Worksheets and puzzles. We have a variety of worksheets and a word search puzzle and crossword to help your child learn the words thoroughly, in the Resources section below.

Our Resources

Ordinal Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheets Set 1

Ordinal Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheets Set 1

There are 2 worksheets in this set, covering the ordinal numbers from 1st to 20th between them. We ask children to count and colour a particular bead, using a mixture of abbreviations and ordinal number words. These particular worksheets are excellent for revision.  

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 3

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 3

This lovely worksheet gets the kids practicing all the ordinal numbers to 20. First fill in the boxes with the correct numbers, then have a go at the challenges below. You'll need colouring pencils!

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 4

Ordinal Numbers Gap Worksheet 4

This pirate-themed worksheet makes learning and revising ordinal numbers fun! Ahoy there me hearties - let's count the pictures from 1st to 20th!

Ordinal Numbers Match Up 2

Ordinal Numbers Match Up 2

Here's a fun puzzle, available in full colour or perky orange-black-and-white combination, that helps children to learn the abbreviations and number words for the ordinal numbers 11th to 20th.

Owl Ordinal Numbers 11-20

Owl Ordinal Numbers 11-20

Here's another 10 owls with ordinal numbers 11th through 20th. Each one is different and they are easy to cut out for display.

Racing Car Ordinal Numbers 11-20

Racing Car Ordinal Numbers 11-20

Here's a second set of racing cars with ordinal numbers from 11th to 20th. How about displaying a "race" in a row around the room?

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