These free number eight worksheets will help you teach your child to write and recognise the number 8.
If you’d like to teach your child the number eight so they can understand it and use 8 in counting and calculations, you’ll want to do a variety of number formation and number recognition activities with them.
These worksheets for eight can help you do that – because you can either do the worksheets as they are, or use the ideas within them to create activities for your child.
I’ll show you how to do that too, don’t worry.
If you’d like to get the download right away, just scroll to the bottom.
Options for using these printables
It’s one of the trickiest numbers to learn to write – and you’ll probably find your kiddo mixes it up with three a few times.
But if your child’s past the toddler stage, they can probably count to eight already – probably more.
This happens because kids learn to count by saying the numbers 1-10 when they hear others doing so.
Often, we praise them for it and that encourages them to keep going.
Which is great – it’s rewarding for the child and they’re starting to learn numbers.
But they really ARE just saying words. It doesn’t mean much to them – but it gets good feedback.
They don’t understand what numbers mean yet, so as time goes on, you need to teach them a few more skills – such as number recognition, number formation (writing numbers correctly) and counting sets of numbers correctly.
You can use these number eight worksheets to teach your child to recognise the number 8 and to write it – and to count groups of items correctly.
Another fun use for these free number eight worksheets is as a guide for active learning – learning the same concepts but without having to write on a printable sheet when there are plenty of other things to try.
It’s great to use learning printables this way if you’re wondering WHAT to teach but you don’t actually want to do worksheets.
How to use these printables for the number eight in fun learning activities
So what might active learning look like? Let’s think through what your child’s doing with these worksheets:
For example, use the number formation worksheet to teach your child how to form the number 8 correctly.
They’ll see that they need to write eight by starting at the top and creating an S shape, then crossing the middle to join back up at the top again.
But let’s be honest – they’ll probably need a fair bit of practice to get the shape right consistently.
And there’s no need to write it on a sheet of paper. You can write numbers in the dirt with a stick, on a dry-wipe board, with a finger in a tray of lentils – or even paint them or use giant chalk outside.
A dry wipe board – whether for chalk or pens – is also a great resource to have for formation practice. I don’t know if your kids are like mine, but my little guy does NOT like it when his drawing or writing comes out in a way he didn’t intend.
And that’s where dry-wipe is a life saver. Just wipe it off and try again as many times as you need to.
It’s the same task – and it’s worth doing it a variety of different ways – so your child gets plenty of practise of each number without it getting boring.
Number recognition activity
And for the sheet with the number-search grid, you can replace that coloring task with a number-hunt activity where you hide a bunch of numbers in ice or slime or around the house and say,
“Hey, can you find all the number eights?”
You’ll see whether they recognise number 8 just the same that way. (Use upturned Uno cards for a variation of this.)
When you want them to count sets of objects correctly, instead of coloring they could count groups of toy dinosaurs, or apples on a plate or toys on a shelf.
They’ll be learning a new skill, you’ll see whether they can do it yet – and it won’t even feel like work.
And if your child does like to use worksheets – and you like to have them as a record of their learning – you’ll find worksheets like these for all the numbers to 10 in my free resource library.
More resources for you and your little learners
Here at Kiddiesaurus, I make a lot of free printable resources to help you teach your child – but we also do a lot of learning through play and dinosaur-themed activities.
Try these posts and freebies for more (the freebies are all in my free resource library):
How to download your free number eight printables
All these printables are available for you to download right now from my resource library click here to go to the resource library now – or there’s a link in the footer of most pages on the site, so you can keep browsing if you like 🙂
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