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Count to Win: Number Match-Up Game for Developing Early Math Skills

Welcome to Number Match-Up, a fun and engaging game that helps students develop their number sense and counting skills by matching sets of objects to numbers 1 to 3. By playing this game, students will become more confident in their ability to count and match quantities, which is a crucial skill in early math development. The game also promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as students must use their knowledge of numbers to match the correct quantity of objects. Get ready to have fun and strengthen your math skills with Number Match-Up!

Academic Benefits:

Playing Number Match-Up can have several academic benefits for students, including:

Developing Number Sense: Number sense is the understanding of how numbers work and relate to each other. By counting and matching objects to numbers, students better understand number sense and the concept of quantity.

Strengthening Math Skills: Matching numbers to sets of objects is an essential skill for early math development. By playing this game, students can practice and reinforce their understanding of numbers 1 to 3 and improve their ability to count and match quantities.

Improving Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking: Students must use problem-solving and critical thinking skills to match the correct number of objects to the corresponding flashcard. This activity encourages students to think creatively and independently.

Overall, Number Match-Up is an excellent way to make math practice more engaging and fun for students. It promotes number sense, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, all of which are essential for academic success in math and beyond.

Game Name: Number Match-Up

Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten

Objective: To reinforce the skill of matching numbers to sets of objects and identifying numbers 1 to 3 by sight.


  • Flashcards with numbers 1 to 3

  • Counting objects such as blocks, buttons or beads

  • A timer

  • A bowl or container


  1. Divide the students into pairs or small groups.

  2. Spread the counting objects out on a table or other flat surface.

  3. Shuffle the flashcards and place them face-down in the bowl or container.

  4. Set the timer for 1 minute.

  5. Instruct the students to take turns drawing a flashcard from the bowl and counting out the corresponding number of objects from the table.

  6. Once they have counted out the objects, they must place them in a separate pile or container.

  7. The next student then takes their turn, and so on, until the timer goes off.

  8. At the end of the round, have the students count the number of objects in their pile and check it against the number on their flashcard.

  9. Award one point for each correct match.

  10. Repeat the game for several rounds, or until all students have had multiple turns.

  11. At the end of the game, declare a winner or have all students celebrate their progress in matching numbers to sets of objects.


  • To make the game more challenging, increase the number of objects or use larger numbers.

  • Instead of using a timer, have students race to see who can match the most numbers correctly in a set amount of time.

  • For older students, use flashcards with higher numbers and/or more complex sets of objects, such as mixed shapes or colors.

Number Match-Up is an excellent game for helping students develop their number sense and counting skills in a fun and engaging way. By promoting critical thinking, problem-solving, and independent learning, this game is an ideal addition to any early childhood education curriculum. If you are interested in using Number Match-Up in your classroom, be sure to check out the full lesson plan and teaching resources in the Math Games category. Click here to access these valuable resources and start enhancing your students' math skills today!


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