Free Butterfly Math Worksheets | Preschool and Kindergarten | PDF Adding Mats

Butterfly Math Worksheets

As children work their way through preschool and kindergarten curriculum, they will learn to add single digit numbers. Many children, with a great number sense, can figure simple addition problems out easily.

Others need extra support with lots of visuals. Adding mats are a great way for children to practice adding by counting objects, and they get to practice writing their numbers. And these butterfly adding mats are a great addition to any springtime math center. 

preschool butterfly adding worksheets

Butterfly Adding Mats

It doesn’t take much work to get these butterfly adding mats ready to use.

  1. First, print them off on card stock paper and then cut them out.
  2. Next, laminate them for extended use.
  3. Finally, gather up some dry erase markers and you are ready to go.

How to Do Butterfly Math Activity

These cards are very simple to use. And once they are laminated you can use them over and over to practice adding which is much better than using a worksheet over and over.

The first step is to have the children count up the red butterflies, and then write that number in the first square.

Next, the children will count the blue butterflies and write that number in the second box.

Finally, it is time to add. Once the children figure out the answer they write that number in the last box.

Adding the Butterflies

After counting up each set of butterflies, children may struggle to figure out what the answer is. In this case, you can show them two different ways of adding.

One easy and simple way is to explain to the child that adding is finding the sum. It is figuring out how many objects there are altogether.

Using that language while explaining to a little one that they simply have to count up all the butterflies is a wonderful way to build background knowledge. With that background knowledge, they will be more successful when it comes time for word problems.

Counting Up the Butterflies on the Worksheet

These task cards don’t have a ton of butterflies, so counting each one isn’t a big deal. But as numbers get larger, you don’t want a child to only be able to count all the objects to figure out the answer.

Counting on is a great strategy…..and it will help them with subtraction too!!

Here’s how to Count On:

  1. Ask them how many red butterflies there are. If they can’t remember, point to the first number they wrote down.
  2. Next, ask them what number comes after the number you just pointed to. (Example: If there are three red butterflies, the next number is four.)
  3. Finally, begin counting the pink butterflies starting with that number.

Butterfly Addition Worksheets

Enjoy some springtime, and getting in some extra addition practice.

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