**Practice counting objects within 5 and matching groups to numbers through this 15-piece camping scene picture puzzle**

**Counting to 5 Camping Picture Puzzle**

This resource has been created by a teacher to be used as independent practice counting to 5 in a fun and engaging way. To play, students will identify the number on the puzzle piece and cover the matching number of objects to complete the puzzle.

Through this activity, students will show they can count to 5 and match a group of items with a corresponding number.

## Why Counting to 5 is Important

Counting to five is a crucial milestone in early childhood education, serving as the foundation for all future mathematical learning. Mastering this basic skill helps children understand the concept of quantity, recognize number patterns, and develop a sense of order and sequence. Proficiency in counting to five also supports the development of one-to-one correspondence, where each object being counted is paired with a unique number. This ability is fundamental for accurate counting and ensures that children can progress to more complex mathematical tasks, such as addition and subtraction.

Furthermore, counting to five aids in enhancing memory and cognitive skills, as it requires children to recall and apply numerical concepts consistently. Getting this right is essential, as it builds confidence and sets the stage for a positive attitude towards mathematics, paving the way for more advanced learning in the future.

**Download and Use Today**

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or interactive Google Slides version of this resource. Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.

If using the interactive Google version, remember to complete in “Edit Mode” rather than “Present Mode.”

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

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