Free Printable Number Tracing Worksheets for kindergarten

All our worksheets are designed by a children's illustrator, and a teacher/psychologist...they're all free because we're committed to closing the equality gap in children's education.

More about these free printable number tracing worksheets 


These worksheets can be used to practice handwriting easily by following the dotted numbers, but also to practice counting by pointing at the animals, and include a coloring exercise as well.

The letter formation guidance pictures and arrows show the ideal stroke order and direction. Some quality demonstration will help children understand and be able to follow the instructions on their own. For example, you can first draw slowly on the guidance arrows, and then do the same on the dotted lines, so kids make a strong connection between the two when they start to try themselves.

Some children may also benefit from seeing it done many times. 

We've created them for the numbers 1 through 10. You can use them as part of your lessons in school or homeschool's, or for a little extra practice at home. Teachers may want to give them as homework. 

We highly recommend putting your kids great work up on the wall or the fridge etc. A reminder of their progress, learning, and achievement. 

You can print out these PDF worksheets for free and plant some more seeds so your kids can start to recognize and read their numbers even more than before. 

How long does it take to trace a number?

As writing a number is a new developmental step and draws on significant focus, attention, and skill, tracing a number can easily take up to 20 seconds. Each child will go about it differently so it's important to allow for different ways. Some children may want it to be perfect and will go very carefully. Others may enjoy doing it faster. 

Good Practice for Handwriting

The national handwriting association created this useful poster with lots of checks and success factors to guide your learning journey with your kids. 

How about letting them decide what to focus on first? Ask them which one they'd like to explore?

If for example, pressure is interesting to them, you could demonstrate light, heavy, and medium pressure. You can ask them helpful questions to raise awareness, like, how does your pressure feel?

Handwriting Good Practice

About our designs 

Preschool and kindergarten kids love these worksheets, and we're sure yours will too! Each one has been created with our wish to make learning to write numbers more enjoyable for young children new to number learning. 

Young children love and respond to the fun engaging animal designs way more than writing on a blank page or with dull imagery. This helps young minds not only enjoy what they're doing more, but also remember what they are learning better. 

Each one was designed with time, patience, care and attention... all things that your kids deserve in abundance!

Working one to one with children learning to trace numbers 

Remember this is difficult for a child! It's the equivalent of us trying to start learning a new language like Chinese! So holding this in mind, your strength of patience is very important.

When there are those little victorious moments, try and praise the desirable repeatables... how she was curious, how she was trying to count even when she was in the park, her effort, how she didn't give up and kept going when it was tough (so she can link these to success and do more of them).

Kids love to be praised and are not big on being nagged and having their imperfections highlighted. "Well done" will feel good but on it's own it won't give them any concrete things to keep doing.

One thing to try and avoid if possible is praise like "my little genius, my little Einstein" or something like that... Although it seems kind, it can be a lot of pressure to repeat that one on the next step up and if the failure to live up to such expectations can halt growth and challenge!  

Numbers, counting, and the link with everyday life

The free printable number tracing worksheets above will help your children become more familiar with numbers... They'll help your kids develop their understanding.

Life is packed full of opportunities to count and recognise numbers. Bath time... dinner time (and dessert time of course!)... while cooking... while out and about... Ignite their curiosity with guessing games (how many sweets in the bag?), sing songs and tell stories (even if they are made up ones), and generally have fun with it. How many hairs can I pull out of my nose? How many poo's did the dog do? The more fun it is, the more they will enjoy it and want more of it!

Of course, your strengths of kindness and fairness will help you to get that just-right level of challenge, and your creativity, humour, and love will enable you to make it fun! Good luck!  

Do you have a favourite worksheet? I think mine is the parrot one, or maybe the duckling one...

We'd love to hear from you on our social media platforms or our contact page. 

Paper Saving Tip

How about laminating these worksheets so you can use them again and again? Simply use a dry-erase marker and wipe off after use with a wet cloth. Great for the classroom, home-schooling, or for lots of practice at home.

We appreciate that schools around the world all work in different ways, at different paces, and do things in different orders. We acknowledge that many different ways of learning can work well, different approaches being more suitable in different cultures and contexts.  We believe that sooner is not better than later, and faster is not better than slower. We wish to support everyone in the way they work so if you work differently and we can help, please do get in touch.