This preschool counting activity is from our Community Helpers theme so of course, we are counting community helpers. Normally when we talk about numbers on the blog, we are talking about the importance of learning number values over counting and while I stand by that thought, that doesn’t mean that learning to count and put numbers in sequential order isn’t important. So this activity has us doing a little bit of both.

But to be completely honest every once in a while, there’s an activity that I have in my head that I’m not really sure about. Then I do it, and it’s so much better than I thought and ends up being one of my favorites. This preschool counting activity is one of those activities.

Like I said before, this activity is all about counting and number values.  But when I actually printed out the template and did the activity for the video, I realized that it also involves sorting and graphing which makes this activity 10 times more amazing. So, with all that said, I am now super excited to share this activity with you guys. 

Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-20
  • Understand the values of numbers 0-20


  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight


  • Use graphs and charts to describe data

Required Materials

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Preschool Counting Activity Template


Step #1
Print and cut out the Preschool Counting Activity – Counting Helpers Template.
Step #2
Mix up all the little helpers and put them in a basket or a pile.
Step #3
Lay out all of the bigger accessory pieces in a vertical line in sequential order.
Step #4
Pick up the community helpers and sort them next to the corresponding accessory.
Step #5
When you finish sorting all of the helpers you will see that your preschooler has sorted and made a graph.
Step #6
Now you can count all the helpers for each accessory and see that they correlate with the number on the accessory piece.

Teacher Tip

Talk about the numbers and their values. Describe how 10 is more than 7 or how there are fewer firefighters than construction workers.

Community Helpers Activities

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