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Frog and Flies Match-Up Activity (Counting to 12)

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PDF | 5 pages | Grades: PK - 1

Practice counting numbers 1 to 12 with this fun frog and fly match-up activity.

Practice One-to-One Correspondence through Counting Flies

Use this resource in your math center, as a small group activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to practice counting objects.

Students lay out the frog cards face up and the fly cards face down in the middle of the playing area. Each player takes their turn flipping over a fly card and placing it on the frog card with the matching numeral.

Scaffolding and Extension Tips + More Counting Practice 

Students who already understand the concept can order the cards from least to greatest or greatest to least after attaching the matching fly cards to each frog.

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by providing them with small buttons or counters to place over each fly as they count it. Alternatively, laminate the fly cards and have students use a dry erase marker to place an X over each fly as they count them.

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

True or False Gallery Walk

For this game, mix the frog and fly cards up and lay them on desks around the room in sets of matching and unmatching number and fly cards to play. Working either alone or in pairs, assign students to a starting point and have them rotate through the cards (say “Scoot!,” flick lights, clap twice, etc.), recording on a sheet a paper whether the sets are a match (True) or a mismatch (False) until they have completed each one.


During small group instruction, create a row of 5 fly cards at the top of the table and give each student a fly swatter. Say the amount from one of the fly cards. Students then swat the card that matches the amount given. The first student to swat correctly takes the card to keep score. The player with the most cards at the end wins!

Group Lesson 

Using your smartboard or another projection device, show a frog card and 2–3 fly cards (one of them being the correct number), labeling each one A, B, and C. Ask students to choose the card that matches the number found on the frog card and write it on their mini dry-erase board. When everyone has answered, say “Show Me” and have students show their answer.

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. Alternatively, use hook and loop on the ? box found on the frog card and on the back of the fly cards. This allows the students to easily attach the cards to the matching frog cards.

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