Here’s a math activity that is guaranteed to be a hit! Print these Roll it, Write it, Count it mats – see the link at the bottom of the page. My 4.5 year old has been loving this, especially the marker part and the erasing part. And the M & M’s that we used for counting! These mats would be perfect for older preschoolers through first graders.
How to Use The Mats
To use the mats, roll the dice. Write the number. Then count that many objects!
I printed our mats on card stock and laminated them. We are using a dry erase marker to write on the mats, and it easily wipes clean with a tissue. Another option would be to slide them into a plastic page protector and write on that. You’ll definitely want to be able to use them over and over!
We used LEGO bricks and M&M’s to count. Other fun options would be chocolate chips, cereal, raisins, small rocks, buttons, pom pom balls, or little toy animals.
I had Jonathan roll two dice because I wanted him to practice numbers up through 12. Without even knowing it, he is being exposed to addition as he counts up the dots! For younger kids, you could start with just one die. For kids who are a little farther along, have them roll two 12 sided math dice for practicing numbers up to 24.
Jonathan is loving this activity! Writing numbers and letters just sort of clicked for him this week, and he feels so grown up. I left room on the mats to write out the number word also – we’ll be doing that once Jonathan is a little older.
Counting M&M’s was definitely an added bonus. He kept saying, “I can smell the chocolate from here!”
Print your own mats by clicking here: Printable Roll it, Count it, Write it Mats
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Have fun rolling and counting!