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Gumball Theme Math for Kindergarten Number Recognition Skills 1-20

Do you know a child who loves gum?! I’m not sure what it is about gum, but it is so fun and exciting for kids. This kindergarten math activity allows students to practice important skills like number recognition and cardinality. Plus, it is bright, colorful, and interactive! The activity is available for Google Classroom, Seesaw, or Boom. It would be perfect for centers, small groups, or early finishers.

Number Recognition 1-20 Gumball Themed Game

Learning About Numbers in Kindergarten:

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Number recognition is the ability to identify, visualize, and name numbers. Students practice number recognition by naming written numbers, writing numbers, and counting in sequence.

Cardinality in kindergarten math is also critical. Cardinality is the understanding that a number represents a set quantity. Cardinality goes beyond rote counting by connecting numbers to quantity. Whenever children answer a “how many” question, they are demonstrating their understanding of cardinality.

In order to build number recognition and cardinality, kindergarten students need lots of opportunities to practice these skills. Kindergarten math lesson plans and activities should include naming numbers, recognizing number words, writing numbers, and counting objects.

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What Does this Digital Math Activity Teach?

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This digital activity reinforces the crucial skills of number recognition and cardinality. Whether you are doing distance learning, hybrid or you just want a no-prep math activity for your math centers, students will practice:

  • Teaching number recognition 0-20.
  • Cardinality.
  • One to one correspondence.
  • Counting and quantity.

However, students will have so much fun with this digital activity that they won’t even realize their brains are working hard!

You can even expand your digital math for Google Classroom to work on addition and subtraction. These fun math resources for Google Slides and free Seesaw activities for kindergarten and preschool provides a variety of skills and modalities for learning.

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How To Use This Digital Math Activity:

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You can get the digital math activity for Google slides, Seesaw, or Boom. Just follow the instructions below to access the version you would like.

If you would like to use a printable version, simply download and print.

How to Get the Activity

  • Enter your email below and then check your email to get these digital resources.
  • When you open the file you can click on the format that you prefer to use: Google Slides, Seesaw Activities and/or Boom Cards®.
  • If you are downloading the Google Slides version you will be prompted to “Make a copy”.  This is an important step you need to complete to make sure you get an editable version to share with your students!
  • In Slides, make sure you are in “Edit” mode, as opposed to “Present” mode. You will see the “Present” button in the upper right-hand corner.
  • In Slides, just click on the symbol box to highlight it in blue and drag it when the cursor resembles a plus sign with an arrow on each end.
  • If you choose the Seesaw version, click the Seesaw image to instantly add it to your Seesaw library.
  • Use the Text tool (click on the large T) to be able to highlight each symbol to move it.
  • To upgrade to self-checking Boom Cards®, click on the image to purchase the deck to use with your students.
  • Finally, if you choose self-correcting Boom Cards, remember you must be connected to the Internet in order for the cards to work.
Choose the version of digital activity you prefer

Kindergarten Math digital game with a gumball theme

Easy Ways to Extend the Activity

Add Manipulatives

If you are using the digital version, give students physical objects such as counters or mini erasers (or gumballs if you’re feeling adventurous!) to place inside of the gumball machine. Students could also place the counters inside a ten-frame first and then move them inside the gumball machine.

Add Play-Dough

Print and laminate the pages to use as play-dough mats or task cards! Students will make the correct number of objects with their play-dough. Students can also make the numeral out of play-doh to practice number formation.

Partner Activity

Allow students to do the activity with a partner! Partners will check each other’s work.

Scavenger Hunt

Print and laminate the pages and place them around the room. Give each student a copy of the pages or a whiteboard. Students move to each page around the room and record their answer on their paper or whiteboard.

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