Cards and Counters

Description: This activity helps the child to identify numeral and quantity by matching them together.  


Goal:  To present quantities and symbols and to distinguish between odd and even.


  • Numerals 1-10
  •  55 objects (beans, pebbles, marbles, cereal, sunflower seeds, raisins –whatever you have 55 of) 



  1. Name the cards and counters.
  2. Randomly place numerals out.
  3. Ask for your child’s help to place the numerals in sequence at the top of the mat and to identify the numerals.
  4. “How many are needed here?” Count counters as you place them in your hand and then below the numeral.
  5. Continue with the same approach until complete. Comment on the pattern of the odd and even quantities.

Add challenges: 

  1. Ask your child to lay out the cards and counters. When finished, point out that some end in pairs and some do not have partners.
  2. “We call the ones that don’t have a partner odd numbers. Can you point to the odd numbers? We call the ones that end in a pair even numbers. Can you point to the even numbers?”
  3. Ask your child to separate the odd numbers from the even numbers. Return to the shelf or make a booklet.




  • Have your child make their own set of cards and counters
  • Work with larger quantities & identify odd and even numbers


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