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Trace Numbers to 20 with Cars- Free Road Mats

Why trace numbers to 20 with pencils, when you can use kid-approved vehicles to teach tricky numbers in a hands-on approach?

Find fabulous tips and tricks to teaching kids number formation and download number tracing mats at the end of this post for absolutely free!

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8 Hands-on ways to trace numbers to 20

Kids are often resistant to tracing numbers on a piece of paper. Here are some great ways to get children to practice writing these numbers in less traditional ways:

  1. Vehicle tracing with numbers to 20 road mats
  2. Shaving cream tracing
  3. Painting numbers with water/paint
  4. Salt tray writing
  5. Chalk
  6. Tracing on partner's back
  7. Air writing
  8. Play-doh number mats (also a great freebie!)
sample number mat 8

Vehicle Number Tracing Tips

Kids love the idea of tracing numbers with planes, trains, or cars. If you're using these mats for a whole class I highly recommend having a plethora of cars.

These are our favorite -and you get 36 in a pack. You can also write numbers on them with wet erase markers to make this activity a little more challenging. Kids can match the car to the correct tracing numbers mat.

And while you have those super duper cars, hop on over to grab your beginning and ending sound parking lots- my students' personal favorite phonics activity where they park these little cars in the spot that matches their sound. Hands-on and multiple uses? Heck yes!

tracing numbers to 20 teen number samples

Numbers to 20 Printable Poster

Lots of kids get stuck at those tricky teen numbers, so having a numbers poster that they can easily access can help them a lot. This poster can be used as a reference, hung on the wall or can easily be pasted in their math notebooks.

Or kids can use this 1-20 printable pdf in a homeschool environment, when tracing numbers to 20 with nontraditional materials (like in the list above). Click for the pdf.

numbers 1-20 printable pdf

Number formation rhymes

When kids first begin to write numbers independently, they may have some trouble remembering proper number formation. I made a video, showing one of the hands-on ways kids can trace numbers to 20, to share the rhymes that have helped my students the most.

These rhymes are extra helpful to say to each child as they trace their numbers to 10.

Watch them on Pinterest to easily save them for later.

Click to watch the rhymes on Pinterest

Download your free tracing mats for numbers 0-20

Make sure you print these in color and either laminate them or place them in sheet protectors so maximize their lives. If you love them, please give us a shout out on social media and tag @forwardwithfun.

January 20, 2023

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