Hands-On Counting with Fishbowl Counting Mats

Counting maths are one of my favorite activities to use. You can use them for counting number and work into more math activities.

Today I have a free fishbowl counting mat that is great for PreK and kindergarten. I love that these mats have two hands-on activities for learning to count.

This printable is apart of My Pets Week

Free Fishbowl Counting Mats: 1 to 10 - 10 fun mats to use for counting fish - 3Dinosaurs.com

The counting mats are perfect for kids working on their numbers 1 to 10. They are straightforward and easy to set up and make a great math center for preschool and kindergarten. Each one has a ten frame which is a great way for kids to work on the start of math.

Each of the counting mats has the number written out, a number for playdough, ten frames and flowers for the background. You can see how I set up each of the mats. I used playdough, fish counters, and unifix cubes.

Free Fishbowl Counting Mats: 1 to 10 - 10 fun mats to use for counting fish - 3Dinosaurs.com

I often laminate the pages if we are going to use them often. But if I’m out of laminating sheets or only using one time, I’ll use a sheet protector on the pages. I might also used the sheet protectors to store them in a 1 inch binder. I just put all the pages in the sheet protectors back to back. This makes an easy to pull out activity they can do.

You can see how we placed the unifix cubes in the ten frames and the fish counters on the mat. We used the playdough to build the number.

Free Fishbowl Counting Mats: 1 to 10 - 10 fun mats to use for counting fish - 3Dinosaurs.com

Things we use with this mat


If you are looking for fishbowl number activities and printables check these out.

I have a set of fishbowl number color trace pages. Thes pages have two options for tracing or writing. The set has numbers 0 to 20 for kids to work on. There is also a pets version that is also fun to use.

Fishbowl Number color and trace - it has 44 no-prep pritnables for kids to work on tracing or writing numbers - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can also check out the Fishbowl number find. These are great to match up to the mats. You can do the mat and follow up with the number find. We had fun putting the fish on the numbers.

Fish Bowl Number Find - easy to use no-prep printable numbers 0 to 20 $ - 3Dinosaurs.com

Fish Bowl Number Find

Number digits and number words for kids to work on. You can trace the number or word and then dot them!

Fish Bowl Number Find - easy to use no-prep printable numbers 0 to 20 $ - 3Dinosaurs.com

What you will find in these printables:

  • Number 0 to 20 in digit and word options
  • Tracing section for each number
  • Several numbers to dot on the fish bowls
  • $3.50 for all 43 pages of printables

If you want to check out a free sample of this you can go here to check out a sample of the pages.

Fishbowl Themed Number Color and Trace

This fishbowl themed number color and trace set has pet fish theme with coloring and tracing or writing. It has numbers 0 to 20.

No-Prep Fishbowl Themed Number Color and Trace - easy no-prep printables with a fun fish theme 44 pages with two options for the numbers tracing or writing $ - 3Dinosaurs.com #noprepprintable  #numbersforkids

What you will find in these printables:

  • 21 pages of coloring and tracing numbers
  • 21 pages of coloring with writing numbers
  • $3.50 for all 44 pages of printables

If you want to check out a free sample of this you can go here to check out a sample of the page.

Pet Themed Number Color and Trace

This pet themed number color and trace set has 10 different pets with coloring and tracing or writing. It has numbers 0 to 20.

No-Prep Pet Themed Number Color and Trace - easy no-prep printables with a fun pet theme 44 pages with two options for the numbers tracing or writing $ - 3Dinosaurs.com #noprepprintable  #numbersforkids

What you will find in these printables:

  • 21 pages of coloring and tracing numbers
  • 21 pages of coloring with writing numbers
  • $3.50 for all 44 pages of printables

If you want to check out a free sample of this you can go here to check out a sample of the page.

What you will find in the Free Fish Bowl Counting Mats: 1 to 10 Printables:

  • Numbers 1 to 10
  • Ten Frames for Counting
  • Number Digit and Number Word
  • 10 fishbowls for the 10 frames
  • 10 fish for the counting mats
Free Fish Bowl Counting Mats: 1 to 10 - hands-on math with playdough number and ten frames - 3Dinosaurs.com


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What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book

Easy reader books are fun because kids can have their own book for them to read and color. It gets them excited when they can have a new book.

I love it because they soon build up their own library of books that are theirs.

Today I have a fun free easy reader book about pets. Something that I’m sure that kids will just love.

This printable is apart of My Pets Week.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

You are going to find two different pages in the book. The first page asks “What is my pet?” That page is great for working on questions and the sight words what and my.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

The second page tells you what kind of pet they have. There is a picture of just that pet. It tells them the name of the pet.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we use this easy reader book

One each of the pages you can use the sight word my as what you are working on. You can underline it as they read the book. I love giving them that focus on a word. You could also do the second word of what. I like “my” because it is on both pages.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can focus on the animals in the book. Each of the animals matches up to the pet counters. So as you read about the book you move the pet counter over until you have read all the animals in the book.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

The last page has space for kids to write about their pet. If they don’t have a pet they could write about a pet they want. I think this has become one of my favorite pages because it makes the book theirs.

Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - simple easy reader book for kids to read and work on sight words my and what with a fun pet theme - 3Dinosaurs.com

What you will find in the free printables:

  • Pet themes
  • Sight Word Book with my, what, is, a
  • 12 pages in the book
Free What Is My Pet Easy Reader Book - a fun 12 page book for kids to read and learn about pets - 3Dinosaurs.com


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Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting

We just love turtles at my house. I know my girls would love a turtle is I would let them. We have been working on r-controlled vowels. So I thought we would do a turtle pet theme for a fun activity.

Hands-on sorting and recognizing sounds is a fun way to learn. Today’s turtle r-controlled vowel sorting printable works great for this.

This printable is a part of My Pets Week.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

This set is made so that kids can have fun sorting the turtle and learning r-controlled words.

There are 5 tanks and each has an r-controlled vowel on it. It is easy to see the r-controlled vowel that you are sorting. Plus big enough to put on both cards that match it.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

Each tank has two matching cards with a picture that has an r-controlled word. Each work should be easy to figure out where it belongs.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we use this printable

Here is a look at how we set up the sorting mats. We have the turtles on one side and the tanks on the other side. It is simple and easy and this works great for learning to read centers.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

Pick up the card and say the word. You can talk about what correct r-controlled vowel sound it makes.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

After you have said the name and figured out what vowel sound it has, you sort it to the correct mat.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

You can also play a simple matching game with the cards. It is easy to set up and play.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com

There is a recording sheet you can use once you have all the matches done. It has space for the two words and a place to write a sentence with one of the words. If your kids are creative try and see if they can use two words in a sentence.

Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting mats with 10 matching cards also includes a matching worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com


R-Controlled Vowels Coloring Pages

Are you looking for more activities to go with the turtle sorting tanks. Check out the R-controlled vowel coloring pages. These are great for working on learning r-controlled words. You can trace or write the words.

R-Controlled Vowels Coloring Pages - ar, er, ir, or, ur words with 2 options for each page - 3Dinosaurs.com

What you will find in this printable

  • Color the picture of the word, tracing the word or write the word, and draw & write your own word
  • Two color page options for each r-controlled vowels
  • ar words (2 different pages)
  • er words (2 different pages)
  • ir words (2 different pages)
  • or words (2 different pages)
  • ur words (2 different pages)

What you will find in this free printable

  • R-controlled vowels: ar, er, ir, or, and ur
  • 5 sorting tanks
  • 2 turles for each r-controlled vowel type
Free Turtle Themed R-Controlled Vowel Sorting - 5 sorting match with 2 turles and recording worksheet - 3Dinosaurs.com


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