Pirate Counting & Skip Counting

Arrrr! Let's get counting and skip-counting with the pirates! Here is a fun activity for the young ones to practice counting skills!

FREE printable Pirate-themed counting activity, perfect for preschool and kinder kids who are practicing counting 1 to 10, as well as skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s. Super fun math activity for pirate lovers!

Pirate Themed Counting Activity

Learning activities, specifically counting activities, should be a fun experience for young children. Make counting fun for them during your pirate theme/unit with these free printables. Simply print and laminate and help the pirate to his ship by counting, arrrr!

Use a dry-erase marker to draw the "path" by counting to get to the pirate ship. Use the 1-10 counting sheet, skip counting by 2's or 5's, depending on the ability of the child and the skills you want to develop at this stage. Notice the path goes from left to right? It is the direction we read and write, making this a pre-writing activity as well.

Add real or play coins to the activity to count out the "path" to get to the ship. Coins and pirates go together, right? And, using coins adds a hands-on element to this counting activity to make it more fun, not to mention the fine motor skills it develops to stack small coins!

Picking up small items like coins calls for the pincer grip. The fine muscles used for the pincer grip are also used to grab a pencil when writing. This is an important skill to develop while doing other activities.

Counting, fine motor, and pre-writing skills in one fun activity with the pirates, arrrr! Fun learning indeed!

This post was contributed by:

Nadia from Teach Me Mommy

Nadia is a South African mommy of two and a therapist at a elementary remedial school. She blogs over at Teach me Mommy about easy and playful activities with the aim to teach. You can follow along on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.

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Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.

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