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Counting Butterflies Roll and Cover Preschool Math Game

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Roll and cover math games are a fun way to practice counting on, simple addition, and comparing sets.  Add some fun mini eraser manipulatives, and you have yourself a fun hands-on math game.  

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roll and cover free math game printable

Recently I shared my love for Target's Dollar Spot by using some mini eraser rabbits in a math inspired sensory bin.  We've played Stack the Erasers-- perfect for fine motor skills, and with our most recent mini eraser set, I've created a cute spring themed Roll and Cover Math Game.

Fun Free Math Game


I used some clipart you may have noticed from our popular What's Hiding in the Grass Scissor Skills Activity and created a simple math game using mini eraser manipulatives and a die.

You could set up this activity for one or more players.  

roll and cover preschool math game

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To play, have your child roll the die and place that many butterflies on the printable.  I've included 20 little blue dots on the printable to help keep track of counting.

free math printable

As I mentioned this can be a one or two player game.  

If playing with two players, either:
1. print out two sheets and each player tries to be the first to fill up their gameboard with mini eraser butterlies.
2. Use one sheet, but have each player choose a color of a butterfly.  Once the gameboard is full, count each color to see who has the most.

Another option to play is by practicing subtraction and filling up the gameboard with 20 butterflies and then taking butterflies out of the garden with each roll of the die.

However you choose to play, I think (and hope) this game will be a big hit with your kiddos, too!!

counting to 20 free math game printable

Download and print your Bugs in the Garden Roll and Cover Game.


  • do not alter, copy, distribute, or sell printable.
  • flower garden clipart licensed to mycutegraphics.com


Do you love Roll and Cover and/or Race To... Math Games, too?  If so, check out these other fun activities we have shared:




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Race and Trace Alphabet Printable

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We have a fun new alphabet printable to share with you!

Have a child working on learning to write the letters of the alphabet?  Play this fun Race and Trace Alphabet game!  It's perfect for your preschool or kindergarten-aged kiddo!

Alphabet Game Printable

Use this printable to play with two people, and make it a race or simply roll and trace the letters by yourself.  Either way it is a great way to practice writing the letters of the alphabet.

Simple Alphabet Game for Kids


Along with the printable to play you'll need:
  • markers
  • die

The game is simple, roll the die and trace the letters!

Love simple, no-prep alphabet games!

Head on over to 123Homeschool4Me to find out different ways to play and download the printable!


Looking for more alphabet activities? Check these out!
Simple Fine Motor Alphabet Activity
Alphabet Sequencing with LEGOS
Printable Alphabet Basketball Game


Counting Mini Eraser Rabbits Sensory Bin

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Made a trip to Target recently and I just love how they conveniently situate the Dollar Spot right  in the front; never mind that I know exactly what side that spot is in when I pull into the parking lot and always park over there!

As I dug through the bins, I found these oh so cute mini eraser bunnies.  Mini erasers make great hands-on math manipulatives and/or manipulatives for this fun  preschool fine motor game.  I grabbed the last two bags left to create some sort of math activity for my preK and K kiddos.  I ended up creating a super cute math inspired sensory bin-- Let's Count Bunnies!

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preschool counting sensory bin with mini erasers

The Easter bunny may be gone, but with the spring weather on its way, I forsee seeing a few bunnies in our yard soon.  I can already hear my daughter when she spots a rabbit, too... "Mama, can I go out and catch it?"  I know if I tell her, "sure" she may just be determined enough to actually catch one! So I gently discourage her if you know what I mean.

These little mini eraser bunnies will just have to suffice!

Fun Preschool Counting Math Game


I created a printable with four ten-frames.  This way you are able to work on counting to 40, or beyond if you print out more than one sheet.  You can also use this to practice counting by 5's or 10's.  Ten frames are great for visual learners!

preschool counting sensory bin with mini erasers

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To set up this math inspired sensory bin perfect for spring, begin by adding shredded paper to a plastic container; I used a shoe-size container so that it could easily be stored and/or switched out when not in use.

Add in desired amount of mini eraser bunnies and carrot manipulatives and you have made yourself a little carrot patch!

math inspired sensory bin using mini erasers

With the printable handy, encourage your child to dig through the "garden" to find the mini eraser bunnies.  When your child has spotted one, use the tweezers to pick up the bunny and place it in a box on the ten-frame printable--- great way to sneak in fine motor skills!

Continue searching for mini-eraser bunnies and then count!


Click to download the Ten Frames Printable.

If you aren't able to find mini eraser bunnies, the printable can be used with other sets of mini erasers, too!

Easily fill your week with these other garden themed learning activities:


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Easy Last Minute Easter Craft for Preschoolers

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Usually I make a plan to fill our week before a holiday with some fun and cute seasonal crafts for the kids; however, this year... I have completely dropped the ball.  Easter is fast approaching and I've only managed to set up one Easter craft!  Tsk! Tsk!!

Thankfully it was super simple so with just hours before your Easter gathering, you can set this craft up for you kiddos, too and it's mess-fee!

With just a few simple materials, have your kiddos craft up an adorably simple Easter egg wreath.

preschool and toddler Easter wreath craft
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It cannot get any simpler than a paper plate and Easter egg stickers!  Bonus that it also works on fine motor skills, just like our popular Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft we did a few years ago.

Easy Easter Craft for Kids


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I found the foam Easter egg stickers at Hobby Lobby, so if you have one near you.... go ASAP!

An adult will need to do a little prep work first.  Take a pair of scissors and poke into the center of the paper plate. I found it easier to cut the paper plate with the backside of the paper plate towards me, so flip it over and use the slit in the paper plate to cut out a hole.

easy toddler Easter craft


Once the paper plate wreath has been prepped, invite the kiddos over to decorate the wreath with the foam Easter egg stickers.  Just peel off the backing and stick to the edge of the paper plate.

Arrange the Easter egg stickers in a pattern-- overlap them-- use just the big or small Easter eggs...  decorate the wreath to your liking!

easy Easter craft for preschoolers

When your child is all done using the foam stickers, cut a small piece of ribbon and tie it around the paper plate so that the Easter wreath can be displayed for all to see!

So easy!
So adorable!

easy Easter wreath craft for kids

Hope you and yours have a lovely Easter!  And after the egg hunt make sure you save those plastic Easter eggs to use for these fun activities:




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Clip and Spell Color Words

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I love receiving surprises in the mail-- you know, "happy mail" and I am not talking about finally receiving my online orders! Ha!  

Just those random letters or boxes that show up unexpectedly; those are the best.

Our latest way to make spelling fun was made from materials that came from some "happy mail."

learning to spell color words preschool literacy

We received some goodies from CraftProjectIdeas.com and my kiddos spent that afternoon using a variety of materials from our surprise box creating all sorts of things.

Spelling Made Fun


After finally getting a chance to dig through the box of craft goodies myself, I set aside some colorful craft sticks to use in this easy spelling activity.

I must have had colors on my mind after reading two super cute color themed books-- Elmer and Bear Sees Colors because I set up a simple Clip and Spell activity focusing on color words.

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Prep the activity by writing a color word on each colored popsicle stick.  We used the colors, red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple.

Next, I wrote out the color word on a clothespin-- one clothespin per letter.  Yes! That was a lot of clothespins!

In keeping with the color theme, I wrote the letters in the color they were to be clipped on.  Thus, the clothespins that spelled "red" were written in red marker, and so on.

learning to spell color words preschool literacy

I had a large enough tray so that each group of clothespins had their own section.  I mixed up all the letters and put the colored popsicle sticks in the middle.

The object of the activity is to have your child clip the letters in the correct letter on the popsicle stick.

learning how to spell color words fine motor activity

Your child will get a lot of practice with letter recognition and become familiar with the correct spelling for each color word.

Have your child continue working on fine motor skills as he/she clips the clothespin letter on each popsicle stick.  If you are a fan of clothespin activities as well, try one of these 12 ideas to Boost Fine Motor Skills!!

spelling words with clothespins

Clip and Spell Color Words is a great way to make spelling fun-- and is great for those that aren't into writing yet.  All the while STILL building fine motor skills.

With this simple spelling activity, your child will begin to recognize the colors of all the words of the rainbow!

You might like these clothespin activities, too:

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