Number Cards 1-20

Free printable set of simple number cards 1-20 to play and strengthen the number sense foundation.

I recently created these super simple number cards for my two kindergarten kiddos with one main purpose in mind – to check how far they’ve come with their number sense.

Everyone knows that these past two years have been rather challenging in the education community. And just like other parents, I am worried about whether my children are learning enough and not falling behind.

So playing and working with these number cards during our Christmas break helped me understand their strengths and weaknesses better.

You won’t find any elaborate printable here today. Just simple black and white cards you can print and laminate in minutes and use them for several number games. I’ll talk about those in a minute.

Number cards 1-20 on two white papers with orange background and text overlay

Number cards 1-20

If you are short on time and don’t want to print out lots of pages of paper and use your colored ink, then these basic number cards will be a perfect fit.

I really just wanted to have a small set of numbers at hand whenever we do math at home. And these work fairly well.

But if you’d rather use big, colorful number flashcards with number names on them, I have those too! Just go and grab my number flashcards instead.

Number activities 1-20

Here are a few ideas on how to use these number cards with your kindergarten kids. I based them on a mix of different curriculums, but the expectations are basically the same for the kindergarten age group.

Ask your children to:

  • count forward and order the numbers from 1 to 20
  • count backward and order the numbers from 20 to 1 (see example below)
Number cards from 10 to 5 on wooden table
Number order from 10 to 1 with number cards
  • start the line from a random number (other than 1) and ask them to continue counting (without starting at 1)
  • once the numbers are in order, take a few away and ask them to find the correct missing numbers
  • order the numbers from 1 to 20 and make random mistakes. Have your children find and correct the misplaced numbers (see image below)
Number cards from 1 to 20 with mistakes spread out on wooden table
Number cards with mistakes to correct
  • present two random numbers and ask your child which one is bigger or smaller

You can play for just 5 minutes per day and see your child’s confidence and skills grow. And whenever they need reinforcement, you can always play some number games again.

As for us, after we played a few times with these number cards, I realized my boys were ready for more advanced math skills and we could move on.

Number printables for kindergarten

Before you grab these simple math cards, I would like you to take a look and download a bunch of other math printables for your children. So take a look at some of these helpful kindergarten worksheets:

Number charts 1-100 – print various number charts and practice counting, number order, and writing numbers up to 100

Large printable numbers 1-20 – if you want an easier activity for your kids, let them color, paint and decorate these large numbers

Number order and missing numbers – practice missing numbers some more

Counting snowflakes with double ten frames – count snowflakes and color ten frames

Easter missing numbers 1-50 – find the missing numbers and write them in Easter eggs

Tracing numbers 1-20 worksheets – a good practice to make sure children can write the numbers correctly

Image for Pinterest with number cards on table and text overlay

Number cards 1-20 PDF

This printable is easy to download, print, and make. It will only take a few minutes.

All you need is a printer, paper, and laminator. It is crucial to laminate the numbers for durability.

But if you don’t have a laminator at hand, then make sure to use a thick cardstock paper. this way the number cards will last a little longer.

To download this printable, just click the link under the pink Planes&Balloons banner. Then save or print right away.

Please, keep in mind that these printable number cards are for personal or classroom use only. Thank you!

You can find more kindergarten math worksheets here.

If you want to learn more about number sense, then check out this resource.

Happy learning!