Fun counting games for little learners

Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Fun counting games for little learners
by Natalie Keeler

We've created these counting activities to help your child master numbers 1 to 10! There's three games to play – Hide and Seek, Race into Place, and Leaf Landing. All you need is a printer, safe scissors, and a bag or a bowl to put your number tiles in.

And don't worry if you lose any of the pieces, as you can reprint these pages as many times as you like.

Giggly Maths Magazine

These activities are an extension of Giggly Maths Magazine, which is packed with ideas, games, and puzzles that follow the maths curriculum – including numbers up to 20, multiplication, odds and evens, money maths, and 3D shapes. Available to buy now on the Giggly shop!

Leaf landing game

Print this counting game for little learners! Just select the images below or click here to open a PDF.

Counting to 10 games Counting to 10 games

How to play:

  • Each player takes a set of ladybirds 1-10. Fold the tiles closed and jumble them up in the bag or bowl.
  • Take turns picking a number tile from the bag. Add the ladybird with the matching number of spots on your leaf, then return the tile to the bag.
  • The first player to land all 10 ladybirds on their leaf is the winner!

Race into place

Whose ladybirds will be fastest? Race to find out! To print, select the image or click here to download a PDF.

Counting to 10 games

How to play:

  • Each player places their ladybirds face down.
  • Say '3, 2, 1, GO!' and flip all the ladybirds over.
  • Race to place all the ladybirds on your branch in order, from 1 spot to 10 spots.
  • The winner is the first player to complete their branch.

Hide and seek

Counting to 10 games

Happy hunting! To get your free download, click here or select the image to open a printable PDF.

How to play:

  • Hide the ladybirds 1-10 in various places around your home.
  • Jot down hints on the clue cards to help your child find them.
  • If you like, you could set a 10-minute timer on your phone... can they find all 10 ladybirds in time?