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Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

How Many Do I Have?

Subject Area





In this activity, the students will practice matching a picture card, showing a set of objects from 0 to 20, to the corresponding numeral card. 

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

    Mathematics (2019) Grade(s): KG


    Count to answer “how many?” questions.

    Unpacked Content



    • Rectangular array
    • Subitize


    Students know:
    • how to use one-to-one correspondence when counting objects.
    • how to demonstrate number word sequence.


    Students are able to:
    • count sequentially.
    • Use one to one correspondence.
    • Subitize.
    • Represent a number of objects within 0 to 20.


    Students understand that:
    • numbers name quantities regardless of their arrangement.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students are able to count to answer "how many?" questions regarding objects in a scattered configuration. 

    Students are able to count no more than 10 objects in a scattered configuration.

    Activity Details

    1. Print off the numeral cards and the picture cards containing a set of objects.
    2. Next, give half of the students a numeral card and the other half of the students a picture card containing the corresponding number of objects.
    3. Now tell the students to walk around the classroom until the teacher says, "How many do you have?"
    4. Once the teacher asks, "How many do you have?", the students stop walking and find a partner that has their corresponding card.
    5. Play several times to give the students a chance to play with a numeral card and with a picture card.
    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies

    While students are counting the objects on the picture card, make antidotal notes.

    Check that the student:

    1. is able to count sequentially.
    2. is able to use one to one correspondence.
    3. is able to match a set of objects to the corresponding numeral.

    Variation Tips

    Once the students have mastered counting and matching numbers 0-10, play the game with numbers 0-20.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    Make a copy of the digital tool How Many Do I Have Partner Match Cards. Teachers may choose to laminate the cards and cut them out to make them sturdier in preparation for the game, "How Many Do I Have?".

    Digital Tools / Resources