Math Counts

Math Card Game

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K , School-Age

A mother and her daughter play cards on their couch.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to:

  • Practice rote counting, matching, and simple math equations.


  • A deck of cards or materials to make a deck of cards
  • Optional: Paper
  • Optional: Markers



  1. Encourage your toddler to fill the box or bag while an adult helps the child to count.
  2. Allow your toddler to dump the contents out and repeat.


  1. Divide a deck of cards into only number cards (remove the face cards).
  2. Have your child individually place them on the table, face-up, and find the matches (colors or numbers).

Extension: School-Age

  • Create addition, subtraction, and equal sign cards.
  • Add snacks to count out numbers on the cards and equations.

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