Pond Math and Literacy Activities for 2-5 Year Olds

If you’re spending your days with little ones ages 2-5, these pond Math and Literacy Activities are a perfect way to keep their little hands and brains engaged! Below you’ll find tons of activities that combine fine motor skills practice with tons of common early Preschool Math and Literacy skills!

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Duck Counting Cards

Grab your favorite manipulatives and practice counting with these duckie counting cards! Kiddos practice one-to-one correspondence by counting and covering each duck. If your little ones are ready, follow the arrows on the numbers to practice writing them. If not, use your manipulatives to build the numbers instead!

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Goldfish 10 Frame

Who doesn’t love practicing school activities with snacks?! This 10 Frame building activity is the perfect task to work on during snack time! Grab some goldfish then practice counting and building numbers on the 10 Frame!


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Counting Ducks

Little duckies are such a fun addition to a pond theme! Students will love building amounts using these little duckie printables, OR using a handful of rubber duckies from the dollar store!


frog shape matching
Frog Shape Matching

Get the froggies to their correct lily pads by matching up the frogs and lilies by shapes!


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Turtle Shapes

These turtle shape cards are a great way to differentiate for multiple skill levels! Your littlest learners will love tracing the shapes using manipulatives, PlayDoh or dry erase markers. And your older students (or older siblings) can practice their handwriting and spelling by tracing the shape names!


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Pond Color Matching

I love activities that combine academics with fine motor skills practice! Using links with matching activities is the perfect way to engage those important little muscles while skill focusing on Math and Literacy skills! In this activity, kiddos use links to match the frog/lily pad pairs!


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Fish Color Sort

These colorful fish cards are a perfect addition to your sensory bins! I didn’t change a thing about our pond-themed bin – I simply helped LG find and sort the colored objects that she dug out!


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Pond Alphabet Cards

This activity is perfect for littles who are getting started with their alphabet! While your kiddos use the manipulatives to build the letters, talk about the letter names, upper and lowercase versions, and sounds! And if they’re ready, try using a dry erase marker to practice tracing the letters!


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Pond Alphabet Find & Cover

The best way to sneak in learning time is with games! This alphabet Find and Cover activity is a perfect way to combine letter/sound recognition with a fun game! Simply choose a card, cover the matching letter, and continue until all the letters have been covered!


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Pond Sensory Bin Matching Mat

Sensory bin matching mats are a great way to introduce your littlest learners to academic goals! Littles pick sensory bin pieces from their bin and practice matching them to their matching mat!

*CLICK HERE to find tons of pond theme sensory bin ideas!*


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Pond PlayDoh Cards

Fine motor skills are so important to practice with our little ones! They don’t naturally have the same finger strength and coordination that we have as adults. So using materials like PlayDoh is a great way to strengthen their little muscles! These pond-themed cards are such a fun activity!


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Pond Pre-Writing Strips

These pre-writing strips are SO stinking handy. Fill them with little manipulatives like mini erasers, mold PlayDoh to fit, or use a dry erase marker to trace! *I’ve found that LG is most successful during her tracing practice when she uses “bubble” lines like these instead of just tracing “dashes”!


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Pond Cutting Strips

Give your cutting practice a seasonal flare with these pond-themed cutting strips! Need some extra tracing practice instead? Print an extra copy, laminate them for durability, and practice tracing the lines with a dry erase marker!


I hope you guys have so much fun with these pond Math and Literacy centers! To grab this set in it’s HUGE bundle with tons of other fun themes, click the button below!


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