July 30


Forward and Backward Counting Activity for Kids

July 30, 2021

forward and backward counting activities for kids

The Forward and Backward Counting Activity is an excellent way for kids to learn how to count forward and backward. This activity is geared towards early childhood education; it can be used in any classroom setting. This blog post will give you the information needed to set up the Forward and Backward Counting Activity so that your students will enjoy learning their numbers.

What is forward and backward counting?

Forward counting is when you go from one to ten (or any number), and backward counting is when you count back from ten (or any number) to one.

Counting Forward and Backward Activities

I have created different types of counting forward and backward activities that both my son and I enjoyed playing with, and I hope your kids will too! You can download the free printables at the end of this blog.

There’s a numbers sheet with numbers 1 to 20 on it, and you’ll need to cut out these numbers for our activities.

Activity One: Fill in the Blank Numbers (1-10)

Kids love counting! In this activity, a list of numbers is given in sequence with some missing. Let your student count from 1 to 9 (or 9 to 1), then put the correct number card into the blank spot as they count. This fun game will give them familiarity with forward and backward counting to grow their math skills.

Activity Two: Fill in the Blank Numbers (11-20)

This activity is similar to the first one; the difference is that they need to count from 11 to 20 forward and backward. It might be a little more challenging for young kids, but it’s good practice at the same time — my 3-year old is great at doing these after a couple of tries.

Activity Three: Find the Castle (1-10)

Your child will have a blast finding the castle with this super fun counting activity! First, they need to count from 1 up to 10 (or from 10 down to 1). Then, follow each number in the sequence, and they’ll find the castle at last.

counting forwards and backwards to 10

Activity Four: Find the School (11 to 20)

This is another fun activity for students to follow the route to find the school. They need to count from 11 up to 20 (or from 20 down). 

counting forwards and backwards 11 to 20

You can download the Kids Forward and Backward Counting Activity below. These activities are fun ways to reinforce the concepts of counting forwards and backwards to 20 while also having fun!

It’s never too early to start teaching our little ones how essential math skills are, especially in today’s digital world, which relies heavily on technology that requires these sorts of critical thinking skills. I hope you and your kids will enjoy these activities as much as we did! Stay tuned for more of our exciting posts in the future.

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