Free printable worksheets for teaching your child the number three

These free number three worksheets will help you teach your child to write and recognise the number three.

If you’d like to teach your child to recognise the number three so they can understand it and use 3 in counting and calculations, you’ll want to do a variety of number formation and number recognition activities with them.

These worksheets for three can help you do that – and we’ll talk about how in a second – but if you want the printables right now you can just scroll to the bottom of the page.

Options for using these printables

Three’s a fun number to learn and most kids can count to three when they’re still very little – probably before you’d be likely to use a worksheet with them.

This happens because kids learn to count by saying the numbers 1-10 when they hear others doing so and copy them.

But that’s just saying words in a particular order (it takes a while to get the order right, too) – they hear us say them, they repeat and we get excited and praise them.

Which is great – it’s rewarding for the child and they’re starting to learn numbers.

But they really ARE just saying words. 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 three worksheets to teach your child to recognise the number three and to write it – and to count groups of items correctly.

worksheets for number 3

Another fun use for these free number three worksheets is as a guide for active learning – learning the same concepts but without having to write on a printable sheet if that’s not your child’s thing.

It’s a helpful way to use learning printables if you’re wondering WHAT to teach but you don’t actually want to do pencil-and-paper work if you don’t have to.

How to use these printables for the number three in active learning

So what might active learning look like? Let’s think through what your child’s doing with these worksheets:

For the number formation worksheet, you can use that to teach your child how to form the number 3 correctly. They’ll see that they need to write three by starting on the left and following the arrow in a curve up to the right, and round in first one semicircle then another.

But 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.

It’s the same task – and it’s worth doing it a variety of different ways – so your child gets plenty of practice of each number without it getting boring.

Number dig activity

And for the sheet with the number-search grid, you can replace that coloring task with a number-dig activity where you hide a bunch of numbers in sand or playdough or something and say,

“Hey, can you find all the number threes?”

You’ll see whether they recognise three 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 bottles 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 ten 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.

Does that sound fun?

number three worksheets

If it does you can also follow me on Instagram for daily kids’ activities and learning ideas that usually include dinosaurs.

Try these posts and freebies for more:

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Free printable worksheets for all the numbers zero to ten >>

How to teach your child the alphabet in 5 easy steps >>

Free printable lower case alphabet sheets >>

How to teach your child to count to ten >>

How to download your free number three 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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