Clothespin Counting Activity for Preschoolers


My 2 1/2 year old daughter loves fine motor activities!

She loves to manipulate objects big and small with her hands and so I created this simple activity for her, which focuses on counting and fine motor skills.

It's a win-win!!  Try this clothespin counting activity with your toddler or preschooler today!

preschool counting activity with clothespins from School Time Snippets

And actually, you could make this activity even more detailed by adding in colors and/or shapes, but this was an on the whim activity, and perhaps in the future I'll add on to it.

I set this up for my toddler, however if your child is beyond counting to 5 switch up the larger clothespins for smaller ones and make smaller dots on the popsicle sticks!

Supplies needed:

Preschool Counting Activity

fine motor counting activity from School Time Snippets

I gathered 5 Popsicle sticks and added dots corresponding to the number I wrote on the stick; i.e. the stick numbered with a 3, had three dots.

Once I numbered all the sticks, I grabbed 15 clothespins and called Little Sis to come over and she began clipping away!

Clothespin Counting Math Activity from School Time Snippets

I added the dot marker for an element of self checking and also because she is just learning her numbers.

Another way to set up this activity is to write the number and corresponding dots on one side and write the number on the other side of the stick.

Have your child work only on the side with the number on it.

Clothespin Counting Fine Motor Math Activity from School Time Snippets

Extension Idea:

You can also use this activity as a simple puzzle and have child line up the sticks in numerical order and/or use buttons, pom poms, or some other manipulative to place on the dots instead!

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  1. This is awesome!! I'm totally using it at our next preschool co-op! Thanks so much for sharing it--I pinned it to my (CarlaINHouston) Awesome Preschool board!

    1. Thank you for pinning and sharing!! Hope the kiddos in Co-op enjoy it!

  2. That's a great way to learn numbers and counting. I would love it if you linked up with Entertaining and Educational on Fridays.


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