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Counting Objects Sort Numbers 1-5

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    Updated:  06 May 2022

Practice counting 1 – 5 objects with this colorful sorting activity.

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    Editable:  Google Slides

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    Grades:  PK - K

teaching resource

Counting Objects Sort Numbers 1-5

  • Updated

    Updated:  06 May 2022

Practice counting 1 – 5 objects with this colorful sorting activity.

  • Editable

    Editable:  Google Slides

  • Non-Editable

    Non-Editable:  PDF

  • Pages

    Pages:  1 Page

  • Curriculum
  • Grades

    Grades:  PK - K

Practice counting 1 – 5 objects with this colorful sorting activity.

Counting Objects Sorting Activity

This sorting activity includes 18 cards and 5 mats. Each card has different numbers of objects, ranging from 1-5. The student will count the number of items on the card and place it on the correct sorting mat. This is an excellent activity to develop number sense and teach students how to sort objects by a given number.

Through this activity, students will show they have one-to-one correspondence and can accurately count numbers 1 to 5.

More Hands-On Counting to 5 Activities for the Classroom

  1. Counting with nature – go on a nature walk and ask them to collect five items, such as leaves, rocks, or flowers. Once back in the classroom, have them sort and count their findings and discuss the different shapes and sixes and colours. As a class can you group together 5 rocks, 5 flowers, 5 of the same colour etc etc.
  2. Read the classic story Five Little Ducks and use a felt board to visually represent the ducks as the disappear and return.
  3. Paint Dipping – have students dip their fingers in paint and create art by making five finger prints on paper. They can create different patterns or pictures using exactly five fingerprints.
  4. Use a drum to play a simple rhythm and count to five as you hit the drum, encourage students to do the same with a variety of different musical instruements.

Download and Use Today!

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download. Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 


This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and Teach Starter Collaborator. 


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