Insect Decomposing Numbers Mat

Grab these free printable insect decomposing numbers mats to help kids practice decomposing numbers and part-part-whole while building number sense!

Free printable insect theme decomposing numbers mats for practice with number composition while building number sense.

Insect Decomposing Numbers Mat Math Activity

This number sense activity is just what you need to get your students practicing their math skills. Add it to your math center for practice with countingadditionnumber recognition, composing and decomposing numbers, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor practice!

There are two color insect mats to decompose any number. Each mat has a spot to place a number and write a simple addition equation.

Butterfly number sense activity for practice with decomposing numbers and writing number sentences.

How to differentiate the Number Mats

Students will use either the ladybug or butterfly decomposing mats. They will break apart the number on either side of the insect’s body (two wings for two numbers). Then, they will write the equation in the spaces at the bottom.

They can be adapted to meet the needs of students at a huge variety of levels! Use for numbers 0-10 or for teen numbers and more!

You can easily place base ten blocks on each side to make higher numbers too.

Butterfly and ladybug number sense activity mats for practice with composing and decomposing numbers in kindergarten and first grade.

Spring Insects Math Activity

You will print the mats out and slide them into a write-and-wipe pocket or laminate for durability. Then gather some counting manipulatives, dry erase markers, and pencils and begin playing!

No cutting, coloring, or gluing is required! From one print-out, your students will practice their number recognition, addition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor skills!

Decomposing numbers math activity for kids.

Setting Up the Decomposing Numbers Mat Free Printable

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Supplies Needed:

  • Insect Decomposing Numbers Mats (get it by clicking the button at the bottom of this post)
  • Dry-erase markers or pencils
  • Write and wipe pockets (optional)


  1. Print the mats.
  2. Slide into write and wipe pockets for durability. You can also laminate it.
  3. Gather some linking cubes or manipulatives to help students.
  4. Store in a large bag or storage container for easy access.
Spring theme decomposing numbers math activity to build number sense.

Using this Number Sense Activity

Here’s how students will use the mats once they are prepared!

  1. Write a number on the square in the middle of the mat or put a number tile there. You could also make your own number tiles for any numbers you would like to use.
  2. Place the corresponding number of counters (mini erasers, buttons, etc.) on the butterfly or ladybug, placing some on one side and some on the other.
  3. Write an equation to match the butterfly or ladybug at the bottom of the mat.
Free printable decomposing numbers math activity for kids.

Other Ways to Use the Decomposing Mats

If students aren’t ready to write equations, just have them choose numbers and break them into parts.

Students will also love building towers and snapping them into pieces to place on either side of the insect. This will slowly build their confidence to write equations down the line.

You can choose to use any numbers you would like to as well.

Plus, you can have students write down their equations on a sheet of paper to serve as a recording sheet for this number sense activity.

Place these in math centers or morning tubs. They are also great for math small groups to help students with specific skills.

Grab these decomposing numbers mats to help kids with their number sense during math time! The spring theme is perfect for the coming months!

Click the button below to get the decomposing numbers mat free printable activity. Have fun!

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