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Counting Caterpillar Math Activity

Updated: Mar 1

Are you looking for a way to enhance your students' fine motor skills while promoting a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts? Look no further than our Counting Caterpillar Lesson Printables! By having your students color and cut out each strip themselves, rather than using pre-colored or pre-cut paper, they will develop important fine motor skills that will benefit them in all areas of their academic careers. And why stop there? Take it to the next level using blank strips without pre-printed numbers, allowing your students to practice their counting and writing skills.

With the added extension of writing the numbers in word form, you can fully differentiate this activity bundle to meet the needs of every student learning to count up to 100. Don't miss out on this opportunity to engage your students and promote their growth with our Counting Caterpillar Lesson Printables!

Grade Level: Pre-K to 1st grade

Objective: Students will practice their math skills by cutting, gluing, recognizing, and ordering numbers using the Counting Caterpillar activity.

The Counting Catapillar Activity


  • Counting Caterpillar activity sheets

  • Colored paper (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Glue or stapler


  1. Introduce the Counting Caterpillar activity to the class. Explain that they will be making a paper caterpillar by cutting and gluing the numbers in order.

  2. Explain to the class that they will have different options based on their skill level and that the activity is differentiated to meet their needs.

  3. Show the different options available:

  • Counting by 1's: Order the numbers 1-3.

  • Counting by 1's: Order the numbers 1-5.

  • Counting by 1's: Order the numbers 0-10.

  • Counting by 2's: Order the numbers 0-20, counting by 2's.

  • Counting by 5's: Order the numbers 0-50 by counting by 5's.

  • Counting by 10's: Order the numbers 0-100 by counting by 10's.

  1. Choose the appropriate version for each student's skill level and distribute the corresponding activity sheet.

  2. Provide the students with a black-and-white template or colored paper, scissors, and glue.

  3. Instruct the students to cut out the numbers and glue them in order on the caterpillar body to create a paper chain.

  4. Encourage the students to take their time and work carefully.

  5. When finished, have the students count and name each number in order.

Optional extension: Have the students create their caterpillar and number pattern by writing a number sequence, coloring, and decorating it.

Assessment: Observe the students as they complete the activity and provide feedback as needed. Assess their ability to recognize and order numbers and their fine motor skills.

Closure: Congratulate the students on completing the activity and encourage them to continue practicing their math skills at home. Provide them with a list of recommended books or resources that reinforce counting and number recognition.

Differentiation: Using paper rings as math manipulatives instead of flat objects provides a significant educational advantage, especially for more tactile learners. The physical spring effect of the Counting Caterpillar's rings engages multiple senses simultaneously, leading to increased neuron connectivity and better retention of the concept being taught. Let's face it springy things are fun!

This hands-on approach helps solidify counting up to 100 in young learners' minds and promotes a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts that will benefit them throughout their academic careers. Incorporating these fun and engaging paper ring manipulatives into your lessons can help your students develop a love for learning while building a strong foundation in mathematics.

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