I love camping!  It is one of our favorite things to do on the weekends.  While we are camping a campfire and roasting marshmallows is a must!  These Campfire CVC Mats are a fun way to have your students sort words by short vowel sounds.  They are sure to be "Happy Campers" while doing this fun sort!

To prepare this activity, I first printed the short vowel campfire mats and the marshmallow picture cards.  There are five campfire sorting mats and 6 marshmallow picture cards for each mat.  I printed everything on white cardstock.  I recommend laminating for extra durability.  I then used my paper cutter to cut the marshmallow picture cards out.  We were then ready for some Campfire CVC fun!

For this activity students spread out the 5 short vowel mats.  They made a pile of the marshmallow picture cards and placed them face down.  They turned over a marshmallow card and said the picture on the card aloud.  Then they sorted the card onto the correct short vowel mat to match the middle sound in the word.

Picture cards for the short a mat: bat, cat, hat, sad, bag, map

Picture cards for the short e mat: net, vet, leg, web, bed, pen

Picture cards for the short i mat: pig, pin, bib, six, sit, fin

Picture cards for the short o mat: pot, cob, dog, cop, fox, mop

Picture cards for the short u mat: hug, sun, tub, gum, cup, bus

This is a fun activity for small groups or a reading station.  

I'm so excited because my blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some FREE camping themed activities with you.  Check out the links below!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Camping Counting Mats // Fairy Poppins
Campfire CVC Mats // Recipe for Teaching
Camping Alphabet Posters // Literacy with the Littles
Camping Puzzles // Teach Me Mommy

Ready for some Campfire CVC fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!

After some Campfire CVC Mat fun, be sure to grab this Marshmallow Coverall game!  Just click the image below to grab it!

You also might be interested in this Camping Math pack.  Click the image below to check it out!

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One to one counting is such an important skill for young math learners.  This Ladybug Counting activity practices counting up to 10.  Your kids will love counting the ladybugs on the leaf and recording the number.  After they count the ladybugs on the cards, they can create their own ladybug leaf.
 
To prepare this activity, I first printed the ladybug counting cards on white cardstock.  I used my paper trimmer to cut the cards.  I recommend laminating the cards so that students can record the number to match how many ladybugs are on the leaf and erase when finished.

I also printed the ladybug recording sheet printable for students to glue their own ladybugs on.  

We grabbed some crayons, scissors, glue, dry erase marker and crayon, and we were ready for some ladybug counting fun!

To begin, students first picked one of the ladybug counting cards.  There are cards for numbers 1-10.

Students picked cards one at a time.  This was the first cards picked.

The student pointed to each ladybug and began counting..."1, 2, 3."  They recorded the number 3 in the circle on the card.  

Students continued counting ladybugs until they had recorded for all 10 cards.  

Then students were ready for the ladybug recording sheet printable.  

For the recording sheet students were able to choose how many ladybugs to glue on their leaf.  In the example below, 4 ladybugs were cut and glued on the leaf.

There are lots of possibilities for using these counting cards.  They are great for small groups, a math station, sensory bins...lots of possibilities!  

Ready for some ladybug counting fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
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