Writing Numbers to 10

Of course it is important that children learn to write the number symbols correctly, and we have plenty help with that at Activity Village.

First Steps

  • Playdough letters. A good first step before children attempt to write numbers is to have a go at forming them out of playdough. Some children will take to this and it will help them remember the shape of the numbers. Others won't be very interested! Our most simple Number Playdough Mats are ideal. Find them below in our Resources section.
  • Finger tracing. Encourage children to write numbers in a sand tray, copying them from some of our simple Number Cards - the Digit Tracing Cards are particularly useful for this. You could also write numbers in shaving foam - on the side of the bath, or in a plastic tray or container.

On Paper

  • Finger tracing with worksheets. When children begin to get confident off paper, the next step is to try finger tracing numbers on paper, making sure that children start in the right place and write each number correctly. Many of our early printables provide dots and arrows to help with this. You will find a number of useful cards and worksheet sets in our resources below. Please note that worksheets appear alphabetically below so they don't necessarily appear in best-use order.
  • Practice makes perfect! Print out a variety of the worksheets below to help your child learn to write the numbers 0 to 10.

Our Resources

Digit Tracing Cards

Digit Tracing Cards

These digit tracing cards print 2-to-a-page and can be cut out - and laminated if you wish - quickly. Use them for finger tracing or for tracing with a dry wipe pen. You could use them alongside a sand tray so that children can copy the correct way of writing the numbers.

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.

Fill in the Missing Numbers 10 to 1

Fill in the Missing Numbers 10 to 1

The two worksheets in this pdf file provide lots of "counting down" practice for the kids. We leave out more and more numbers as we go! As an extra activity we ask the kids to colour or circle one number in each row.

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.

I Can Write Numbers 0 to 10

I Can Write Numbers 0 to 10

Here are some simple worksheets to start the kids writing the numbers 0 to 10. Each one provides a large finger tracing number and then plenty of tracing practice, with a line at the bottom for them to have their first attempts on their own.

Learning to Write Numbers 0 to 10

Learning to Write Numbers 0 to 10

This set of simple worksheets combines three numbers to a page for lots of early number tracing practice. We provide alternate number forms in separate pdf files too.

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.

Number Match Up 1 to 10

Number Match Up 1 to 10

Here's a simple worksheet which asks children to match the numbers on the left to the number words on the right by drawing a line between them.

Number Playdough Mats 0 to 9

Number Playdough Mats 0 to 9

Learning numbers is hands-on fun with these colourful playdough mats! We provide a little coloured-in image for inspiration but children should be encouraged to do whatever they like to decorate their number once they have made the shape.

Practice writing numbers 0 to 9

Practise Writing Numbers 0 to 9

This worksheet is perfect for revising - or perfecting - your child's number writing. Trace each number over and over, taking care to make each as perfect as possible.

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.

Trace the Number Worksheets 0 to 10

Trace the Number Worksheets 0 to 10

We've provided plenty of help for early learners with these "trace the number" worksheets, for numbers 0 to 10. Start on the dot and follow the direction of the arrow.

Trace the Numbers 0 to 10

Trace the Numbers 0 to 10

This simple worksheet provides guided practice in tracing the numbers 0 to 10. UK and US style fonts available. Start on the dot and follow the direction of the arrow. If you laminate the worksheet you can use it with a dry wipe pen.

Trace the Numbers 0 to 10 Dotted

Trace the Numbers 0 to 10 Dotted

Here's a simple worksheet for children learning to write numbers 0 to 10. Trace over the dotted letters, starting each stroke on the larger dot. Why not laminate and use with a dry wipe pen?

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Counting to 10
Counting to 10

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