Recognizing Numbers to 6

Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

Today, I’m bringing you a little freebie to help kids recognize numbers to 6. You’ve heard me talk (preach?) a lot about subitizing, which is a fancy word for recognizing small quantities without counting, and this little game helps kids practice that by using number cubes.

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It’s important that you use number cubes with dots, not numbers, to get the most out of this game. To play, students roll the number cube with dots and place their chip on a space with the corresponding number. The goal is to get 4-in-a-row, so there’s strategy involved.

Click here to grab your freebie.  Enjoy!


  1. Amy B

    That stinks! Hit the outlet mall that’s there…that’s my optimistic side! I hope there aren’t any tropical storms when we go on the 28th of July!!!! Thanks for the freebie! I am going to add it to my new kindergarten files!!!!!!

    • Donna Boucher

      Outlet mall, movie theater. No biggie. I grew up here, so I’m used to the changing weather and the chance of storms. Right now I’m just enjoying watch the waves break over the jetties! Very dramatic!

  2. Gabrielle

    Thanks for sharing this fun freebie. I love adding quick math games into our curriculum for review.

  3. Miss Trayers

    That doesn’t sound very fair! 🙂 Looks like a great game-thanks for sharing!


  4. First Grade and Fearless

    Thanks for all your math advice. I’m loving it!

  5. Kelly Young

    Stumbled upon this one and it is perfect to use this week when I read the Three Little Pigs and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. Thanks so much! We LOVE Destin too. My husband lived there before we married so we still go back at least 3 times a year to visit my sister in law. His plan is to move back in the next couple of years.

    • Donna Boucher

      Perfect pig tie-in!! I grew up in that area, and I never get tired of its beauty!

  6. Amanda Buxton

    I love this game! I could not get it to print correctly. The numbers did not show up when I printed it from google docs. Can you please help?

    • Donna Boucher

      I have no idea what might be causing that, Amanda. I just checked the google doc file, and it looked fine to me. Do you have the latest version of Adobe Reader? Are you opening it on a Mac in Preview? I know those two things sometimes cause similar problems when downloading TpT products.

  7. Anne

    Great game. I like to involve “0” as well and use a wooden cube and draw the dots on 0 – 5


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