Are you looking for ways your preschooler can practice counting and cardinality? Spring is upon us so now is a great time to use this butterfly activity! This Easy Butterfly Counting Activity for Preschoolers with Google Slides is a fun learning activity to get kids engaged! I love the spring theme and this Butterfly math activity is perfect!!
This fun butterfly Google Slides activity will help your child develop strong counting and cardinality skills, as well as help them practice one to one correlation. And it requires no prep work, so you can add it right to your lesson plans!
I love using the same theme throughout many subjects, so these butterfly activities for preschoolers are great for when you are studying the life cycle of a butterfly!
Counting and cardinality are essential to our everyday lives. With this activity, preschoolers will have fun using these interactive Google Slides to count and then identify the amount of butterflies on the slide.
Using Google Slides and Seesaw for Math Activities
Your child will count the butterflies on the screen and then type the amount counted into the box provided.
Once the correct number is chosen and typed in the box, just click on the next slide to continue.
There is a slide for each number 1-10, so you will be able to tell which numbers your child has mastered and which are more of a challenge for your child. Your child can practice over and over!
The beautiful butterfly theme is a fun way to work on number recognition! Because this is a technology based activity, the kids will have to locate the correct number on the keyboard as well as counting.
More Ways to Use the Butterfly Counting Activity
These butterfly preschool google slides can be simplified or made more challenging:
- Ask what number comes before or after the represented number.
- Pose simple addition/subtraction sentences, “What number would I get if I added _ or subtracted _?”
- Show your child two numbers and ask which number is represented in the picture. (This is for preschoolers who are just starting to recognize numbers.)
- Ask your child to count the number and verbally tell you the answer. Then show the correct number in written form.
How do you teach counting and cardinality to preschoolers?
There are so many ways to teach counting and cardinality but I always like to use hands on methods.
It keeps children actively engaged and excited about learning!
Although it seems to be common sense to us, children need to learn that the last number counted is the amount represented.
That is called cardinality.
Have you ever worked with a child that has counted 1, 2,3 and you ask, “Great, how many is that?” and the child answers “5!” ?
That is because the child has not yet mastered cardinality! Rote counting is key in math but a child needs to know how to represent what he/she has counted and to know the last number named is the number represented!
Counting and cardinality are the basis for strong number sense!
Here are some activities I like to use to help children master counting and cardinality.
- Count items found around the house or your classroom. Write how many are counted.
- Present preschoolers with a number. Have them find or draw that many items.
- Read a counting book together.
- Work with numbers 1-5 first. Then, move onto 6-10
- Count, count and then count some more.
How do I use Butterfly Counting 1-10?
PLEASE NOTE: This download included Google Slides and Seesaw formats. For ease of reading, this post only mentions Google Slides.
First, click on the link.
Then, it will prompt you to Make a Copy. This is a key step! You need to Make a Copy to ensure that you can interact with the slides.
To make a copy, in the upper left hand side of your toolbar, click file. Scroll down and then click on Make a Copy.
I usually like to rename the Google Slides so that I don’t have a bunch of files named “copy of”! Once you have your copy, you can then click a slide. Then move the mouse over the square and click again. Your child can then type in the amount he/she sees.
You can also print each slide so that your child can write in the correct number. The butterflies are beautiful so I’m sure your child will love to have a paper copy to interact with.