Number Formation Cards Free Printable

Grab these free printable number formation cards to teach numbers, number formation and number sense to preschool or kindergarten students.

Free printable number formation cards for learning to identify numbers, write numbers and develop number sense.

Number Formation Cards Free Printable

Teach preschool and kindergarten students correct number formation with this freebie! Students will trace the number, count the dots in the ten frames, trace the number word and then write the number on the handwriting lines. The resource includes cards for the numbers 0-20.

These would make fun playdough mats too! Students could roll the play dough into snakes and make the large number and then write the numbers on the line. It would be best to laminate the cards or slide them into wipe and write pockets so the play dough doesn’t stick to the paper.

Free number formation cards for learning to write numbers. An engaging handwriting activity for kids.

Simple Prep!

This writing practice is so easy to prep! Just print it out and cut the cards apart. Then laminate them so students can use dry erase markers to practice writing. Or you could keep four cards to a page and slide them into wipe and write pockets for even simpler prep.

Setting Up the Number Formation Cards

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Supplies Needed:

  • Number Formation Cards (button to download at the bottom of this post)
  • dry erase markers
  • Write and wipe pockets


  1. Print the number formation cards and slide them into write and wipe pockets for durability. You can also cut the cards apart and laminate them.
  2. Gather dry erase markers and store everything in a large zippered baggie or colorful storage tray for easy access.
Number formation cards for learning numbers and building number sense.

Utilizing the Number Formation Cards Free Printable

Students will find using these cards to be simple! They will draw a card from the pile and trace the number with their finger or a dry erase marker. Then, they will count the dots in the ten frames. Next, they will trace the number word. Lastly, they will use their dry erase marker to write the number on the handwriting lines.

Students can practice numbers 0-20, which would be an excellent tool in an early childhood classroom. Pre-writing or handwriting practice tasks are so important in the beginning years. Partner these with a set of worksheets, and you will be set!

Number formation cards show the number in a large number formation font with arrows to guide while tracing. They also include a ten frame representation of the number, the number word in a tracing font and a tracing font on handwriting lines for students to trace the number and then write the number on the lines.

More Ideas to Use the Number Cards

These number tracing cards provide students with three different forms of exposure to the same number. That is very beneficial for students just learning their numbers or students that are struggling with their math skills.

To add more fine motor skills practice to the number resource, have students use play dough to make the number. They can roll it into snakes and form the number or smash pieces and fill the number.

Another option would be to have students use a small manipulative to build the number with like pom poms, mini erasers, beads, or jewels. Just make sure you don’t use small pieces with students who still put things in their mouths.

Another fine motor idea would be to have the kids write the numbers in a salt tray after they complete the tracing card. Make a sand tray by pouring craft sand into a small tray or pencil box. Students will use their fingers to write in the tray. Add fun manipulatives to make it even more interesting!

Differentiate the number formation tracing cards by splitting them into groups for varying levels in your classroom. Example: a bag of the numbers 1-10, 11-20, and a set of 0-20. Students will also be practicing number sense, number recognition, counting, and ten frames with this freebie!

Free printable number formation activity cards for students to practice writing numbers.

These number formation cards are a great addition to your handwriting resources. Your students will be so excited to practice numbers this year!

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