The Ocean Counting Mats are here and reading to be your super easy prep solution to math centers and activities this spring.
We love these counting mats for a couple of reasons.
- EASY PREP: You can prep them in just minutes. I use my handy paper chopper to cut along the lines and 6 chops I can be done with a whole activity.
- MULTI-SKILL MATH: Cover counting, one to one correspondence, sorting, and comparing numbers all with these fun activities.
- HANDS ON: Math is SO much easier to remember and recall when we can add fun and/or sensory elements to it. Here kids get to play with toys, build art, touch bugs and more while they work on early math skills. It’s awesome!
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Ocean Counting Mats
Fish and Shells Count and Compare Mats
Count out the fish and shells to see which there are more and less of. Pull the fish and shells from a bin of water or sand for a more sensory experience.
Counting Starfish Mats
Pretend you are at the beach. Which do you see the most of? Starfish, pebbles, or water.
Crabs and Ocean Counting Mats
Count and compare the numbers by laying the “water” and crabs across a number line. Which are there more and less of?
Ocean Counting Mats
What do you see in the ocean? Use the counting cards to fill in the ocean view.
Starfish and Pebble Counting Mats
These textured starfish are fun to feel and count with, but you can also use plastic counters or even star stickers for this fun counting activity.
Beach Counting Mats
What do you see on a trip to the beach? We used brown pom poms for our sand. Talk about the different textures as you touch the “sand,” shells, and pebbles. Are they rough, smooth, or soft?
Water or Pebbles Counting Mats
For a fun twist on this activity, try using an eyedropper to drop dots of water rather than the blue marbles. This is great for grip strength and fine motor practice as well as being sensory and fun.
Ocean Friends Counting Mats
Count the ocean friends into the ocean mat. Which friends are there the most of? Which are there the least of?