Our cow has lost his spots and we have to help him find them! This number identification activity is super fun because we are sponge painting. Bonus, this is a quick and easy activity to bust out with your kids.
With this preschool learning activity your preschooler will work on number identification and following directions.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-10 (4-8)

Speaking and Listening

  • Follow two-step directions
  • React with appropriate behaviors to simple questions

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Algebraic Thinking

  • Count from 0-20 (6-10)
  • Understand values of numbers 0-20 (6-10)

Speaking and Listening

  • Follow three-step directions
  • Respond to simple questions with appropriate behaviors and comments

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Required Materials

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Spotting the Cow Template

*Roll of Paper

*Markers

*Sponge

*Tape

*Washable Paint

Step #1
Print out the Spotting the Cow – Number Identification Template.
Step #2
Tape the cow head to a wall
Tape a long piece of paper to the wall to serve as the body of the cow.
Step #3
Write this month’s focus numbers on the paper.
  • Explorers: 4-7
  • Creators: 6-10
Step #4
Dab a sponge in black paint.
Step #5
Ask your preschooler to spot the cow by identifying the numbers.
For example, ask them to spot the number 7 and then they will sponge paint the 7 creating a spot on the cow.
Continue this process till you have covered all the numbers.

Teacher Tip

If the idea of paint and on paper taped to the wall is giving you all sorts of anxiety, you can easily tape black construction paper over the numbers instead.

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