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Counting Within 20 Picture Puzzle

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: PK - K

Practice counting objects within 20 and matching groups to numbers through this 15-piece winter scene picture puzzle.

There are no lords a-leaping in this winter activity, but your students will uncover some beary delightful ice skaters! 

Counting Within 20 Winter Picture Puzzle

We created this resource for your math center as an independent practice activity. 

To play, students will identify the number on the puzzle piece and cover the matching number of objects to complete the puzzle.

Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by using manipulatives as they count the number of objects on a card. Students can also refer to a number line to help identify their numbers.  

Challenge fast finishers who already understand the concept to record each number on a separate sheet of paper and draw a set of objects to match each number. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

And For An Extra Helping Of Winter Cheer… 

We also suggest using this game to reinforce your small group and full-class lessons in the following ways: 

👀 Scavenger Hunt

Hide the number card pieces around the room when your students are not around and put the picture card in the center of the room. Then set your students loose! As soon as they find a piece, they bring it up to the object card, identify their card’s match, and place it on the mat. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy! 

🐻‍❄️🐻‍❄️ Match Me If You Can

In your guided math group, divide the number cards evenly among students. Then, randomly point to an object picture on the board and count the total as a group. The student who has the matching number card lays it down face up. The first person to have all their cards face up wins. 

❄️ Upcycle into Playing Cards

Break out your scissors and cut up the board to have an equal amount of number and object cards. Students can play card games like Match It, Go Fish, or Snap!, to name a few.  

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. 

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


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