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Math Intervention Kit in Kindergarten

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Math Intervention activities for kindergarten are here! Our new Math Intervention Kit is low-prep, filled with fun activities to teach effective small-group instruction, and will meet all of your student’s needs! Keep reading to learn more about what a math intervention kit in kindergarten is, lesson plan ideas, and how to use it in your classroom! Then grab a free number puzzle intervention activity to get started!

If you’re a Simply Kinder + member, you can grab the freebie directly here or save 35% on this already low bundle price! Click here! to learn more about the new option to get thousands of resources in one simple click!

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  • Centers Management
  • Addition/Subtraction Games
  • Small Group Cart

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What is a Math Intervention Kit?

An intervention kit is intended to be used for small group or one on one instruction. The kit consists of multiple activities that cover kindergarten math concepts and can be differentiated to fit the needs of all your students. Each activity is created to target a specific skill so you can close those gaps and keep your students progressing along in math.

Each game fits in a large photo and craft storage box, so it makes organization easy! Just grab the labeled box you need for each group and go. The bin holds 16 interventions so you can switch them out based on the changing needs of your students.

Teachers love using the intervention kit to supplement their kindergarten math curriculum because it’s low-prep, hands-on learning, and covers tons of skills. Here’s what they have to say:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Another great Simply Kinder resource! Love the size of the cards, the ideas for storing and the simple, sensible clip art with both black and white options and color. Great for math centers!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Another wonderful resource to use with my intervention groups. So many skills in just one place.”

How To Use for Small Groups:

Whether you are working on interventions with small groups or one-on-one, it’s important to remember that your other students will be working on different assignments at the same time. It’s a great idea to have a solid plan in place for your current small group and the rest of the class at the same time. Here are some tips to make that happen:

1. Intentional Grouping

We like to use intentional grouping for our centers, small groups, and intervention time. This means that we are not just leveling students off and assuming those students all need to work on the same skills. We use our data to drive our groups and they are dynamic week to week and even day to day. We pull students into our small groups or interventions that need a specific skill.

The beauty of our Kindergarten Intervention Math Kit is that you can quickly pull a number game for one small group and and then shift super quick to an addition group.

2. Model Expectations

Students learn best by example, and knowing expectations ahead of time sets them up for success. Therefore, modeling your expectations during a lesson helps your students best understand what you want from them. This will also help to reduce wasted time during these quick lessons. 

3. Use the “I Do, We Do, You Do” Model

To prepare for small group intervention, start by explaining the directions of each activity to the group. Then show the students how to do the activity. For example, “I Do” for the shape sort would be to place the category at the top of the table, shuffle all the shape cards, and then put them under the correct title. Then invite the students to do it as a group for “we do” while helping them as needed. Finally, have each student take a turn individually for the “you do” portion, and to track their understanding.

4. Use Manipulatives

The use of manipulatives is a great way to keep your students engaged in your lessons. These manipulatives will help bridge the connection between tangible objects to their conceptual thinking. Clothespins, mini erasers, dice, and colored counters will all be perfect for these math activities. Check out this article, Must-Have Manipulatives, for more ideas!

5. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!

The more familiar students become with concepts, the quicker they build their foundational knowledge. Practice the same games multiple times in each group, and carry the skills through to other whole group lessons.

Check out the video to see what else you can utilize from our Kindergarten Math Intervention Kit to help your students build upon their skills.

Math Intervention Kit In Kindergarten

Overall and most importantly, we want your students to be successful in their math journey! Using the tips above will help your students grow as learners and help your small groups run more effectively.

So what’s included in the math kit?

This is an ENDLESS bundle! Anytime a new game is added, you simply need to re-download for updates. Some current intervention activities include:

  • Addition & Subtraction
  • Telling time
  • Counting Money
  • Number Order
  • Place Value
  • Shapes
  • Colors

If you’re looking for all of the math intervention activities to use with your students, be sure to check out the bundle here! OR save 35% as a Simply Kinder + member, along with access to thousands of other activities for your classroom!

Free Number Puzzles Intervention Activity

Try out just one of the many Math Intervention Kit activities! Number Puzzles task card game is a great way to teach students all the different ways to show a number: pictures, tally marks, writing, and dots. Just enter your information below and the Simply Kinder Freebie Fairy (who also happens to be a math whiz!) will send that right over to your inbox. Already a subscriber? No worries! Unlock your freebie here too.

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This post was written by Johanna, an experienced early elementary teacher who loves learning about new teaching ideas for preschool, kindergarten, and first grade!

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Math Intervention Programs - Interventions That Work

RTI Math Interventions, Resources, and Programs

This website is designed to provide FREE Response to Intervention (RTI) / (MTSS) math interventions and resources for tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3. The goal is to find as many free or partially free research based programs, resources, and materials as possible. It is very hard to find resources online, so I tried to save people some time by putting all of this together. 

I looked for programs that included assessments, progress monitoring, individualized instruction, materials, online tools, and best practices.  Many of these programs, resources, and websites can be used with small group, whole group, or individual students. I hope you enjoy using, this website and please add it to your list of math intervention websites. If you come across a great resource please let me know about it. I enjoy hearing your feedback.  Have a great 2022 / 2023 school year!

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Primary Numeracy Intervention Program K-3
Primary Numeracy Intervention Program K-3
Primary Numeracy Intervention Program K-3

The Primary Numeracy Intervention Program (K-3) provides an  RTI / MTSS math intervention assessment system that is free. This is one of the few math intervention programs that includes a one on one diagnostic assessment that will provide you with an instructional level for each area that the student is tested.  It is nice that it is an actual program that is taught instead of a computer to child type intervention.

The program provides free assessments, a leveled activities guide, framework, lessons plan template, workbook, and several printable resources that are available for instruction. The program even includes a starter library for your lessons and a training webinar. There are additional lesson libraries that you can purchase, but the assessment system, framework, activities guide, and printable learning materials are completely free and it gives you lots of resources. The website also has a games page that can be very helpful. 

This is a very in-depth and intense (K-3) intervention program that provides supports for RTI tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3. You will need to watch the training webinar in order to understand how to use all of the pieces the program has to offer.  This program has parallels with the systematic teaching of phonics.  They also offer additional trainings that you can sign up for.  

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Xtra Math
Primary Numeracy Intervention Program K-3
Primary Numeracy Intervention Program K-3

Xtra Math is a math fact fluency program that helps students master addition, subtraction, multiplication and, division.  These facts are the building blocks for a child's math education.  Xtra Math is a free online program.  All you need to do is sign up, create a class, and you are ready to begin.  It takes around 10 minutes s to set up a class. It works best when you set up a system for how you plan to track your students and even set up goals for your students to works towards.  This is not only a great resources for special education but can be used in general ed!

This is a great tool to help develop math fact fluency and all the teacher has to do is set up the account and the program takes care of the rest.  You will still need to log in to check on their progress, but it only takes seconds to run individual and class progress monitoring reports. 

Xtra Math is not an intense math intervention program, but for students who need mastery of the basic facts, it is the perfect tool. There are plenty of students who just need a little extra practice to advance their math skills. This is an easy to use math RTI intervention for math facts.  All the teacher needs to do is monitor the students progress.  This also can be done at home or in school and can be used on an iPad or on a Chromebook. 

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ICT Games
ICT Games
ICT Games

ICT games is more of an online resource than a math intervention program.  It provides countless resources for intervention and special education. However, it is not the typical "math games" website.  You cannot just assign the game and walk away.  Most of the games are designed for the teacher to do along side with the student.  A teacher could use the resources and games as a lesson and some of the games and activities can be at a very high level of thinking.  This can be used for tier 2 and tier 3 activities.

The games and activities can be used on any tablet or desktop. Here you will find free educational games aimed at children between 5 and 8 years old. The games are linked to the UK KS 1 and 2 curricula and the K-2 curriculum in the US. 

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ICT Games
ICT Games

Freckle is a partially free math program. It is a computer to child program where the computer does the "teaching" and the actual teacher is more of a manager of the program. It provides a diagnostic assessment and some free activities, but in order to have access to all the online assignments and lessons you need to paid subscription. 

Freckle is offered to teachers for free, but the School Edition upgrade offers unlimited access to assignments, lessons, reports, and targeted benchmark assessments. Students sign in with their names and a class code. Though the free version is very limited, it can be helpful for a teacher who has minimal resources available.

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Fractional Reasoning Program (3rd - 6th)
Fractional Reasoning Program (3rd - 6th)

EASY-CBM is a partially free math intervention management resource for math.  There is a reading component as well, but we will focus on math.  It has both a lite and deluxe version.  The lite version is free but does not offer the full scale of resources that the paid deluxe version does.   It is designed to give teachers insight into which of their students may need additional instructional supports as well as to provide a means by which they can measure the effectiveness of their teaching. 

The best way to familiarize yourself with this program/ management system is to sign up and "click" around to see if this type of resource that you are looking for.  The lite version can be useful for tracking student data. 

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Fractional Reasoning Program (3rd - 6th)
Fractional Reasoning Program (3rd - 6th)
Fractional Reasoning Program (3rd - 6th)

The Fractional Reasoning Program is an intervention for fractions. This program was created by the same consulting firm that created the Primary Numeracy Intervention Program.  

The program has a diagnostic assessment that will help you find the holes in your students' thinking.  The assessment is free and a great tool to help you see what concepts your students are struggling with. This program is great to use with 4th, 5th, and 6th  graders. It really does help you zero in on exactly what concepts your students need to work on. 

There are some additional parts of the program that you can purchase but if you are looking for an intervention for fractions the program provides plenty to get you started. 

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Math Playground.
com is exactly what it says.  It works on multiplication and division facts. practices math facts through a variety of games. However the games are all very similar and work on the memorization of math facts. 

The best part of is the auto scoring assessments. You can use these tests as both an assessment and practice for your students. This website runs a lot of ads, so sometimes it can run slow on certain devices because there are so many ads running at one time. 

Again, if you are looking for an online practice for math facts, provide a lot of interactive ways for your students to practice their facts. 

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Math Playground.

Math Playground is a huge website with a ton of online games and activities.  Some of the games are very basic and some games require a high level of understanding.  Make sure you familiarize yourself with the website because the range and levels of games goes from Kindergarten level to basic algebra. 

One of the best parts of the website is the "Story Math" section.  It is a blend of story problems and visual aids.  The Story Math section is a really good tool that teachers can use to visualize story problems.  Some of the story problems are at a very high level and can be use to challenge the "high flyers" that are in each classroom. This website has something for everyone.   Take some time to explore and take notes on what you like, because there is a ton of stuff on this website. 

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Sheppard Software.
com (MATH)
Sheppard (MATH)
Sheppard (MATH)

Sheppard Software has an enormous selection of games that cover a wide variety of curriculum  Sheppard Software was written for children. Most of the material you will find on the website is free. These fun online math games cover all of the math fundamentals, including early math, basic and mixed operations, fractions, pre-algebra, dollars & cents and place value. 

While teachers often use worksheets to practice math concepts that were taught in the classroom, these skill practice games actually have the same  impact on the child.  The interactive format  keeps students engaged, interested and coming back for more and more practice  This website has something for everyone!!

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Greg Tang Math .
Sheppard (MATH)
Sheppard (MATH)

When it comes to games that develop true number sense there are not many websites that are better than Greg Tang Math.  The games on this site are unlike many of the low level games that are out there.  The games scaffold and develop a higher level of thinking.  The website has a true commitment to number sense. So many great resources for math intervention!

There is a wide variety of skills on this website but the best games and resources are for grades K-2. Philosophically this website goes well with the Primary Numeracy Intervention Program (K-3) that was mentioned above because of the focus on developing early numeracy and number sense.

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Sheppard Software.
com (MATH)

Just to be clear Dreambox is a paid subscription adaptive computer to child program.  However it does offer a teacher tools part that is free and these tools can very helpful tool for demonstration lessons and student practice when it is monitored. 

The range goes from counting and basic number identification to geometry and fractions.  Again, this website has a lot of content, so you will have to familiarize yourself with the parts that you will want to use.  This website provides really good tools for whole group and small group lessons. 

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RTI Math Intervention Programs (Purchase) and resources

Bridges Intervention

Bridges Intervention provides targeted instruction and assessment for essential K–5 mathematics skills within a tiered system of support. The small-group instruction and ongoing progress monitoring are consistent with a Response to Intervention (RTI) or Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework. 

Do The Math

Created by Marilyn Burns, one of America’s most trusted math educators, Do The Math® provides flexible, classroom-tested instruction for building numerical reasoning and restoring confidence.

Closing the GAPS

Gap Closing resources are designed for students who need additional support in mathematics. For each topic in the resource, there is a diagnostic and a set of intervention materials. Diagnostics are designed to uncover the typical problems students have with a specific topic. 

Math Navigator Common Core

Math Navigator Common Core is for students who struggle with math and need to catch up. Targeted intervention modules get at the root causes or misconceptions that prevent student progress. Math Navigator Common Core focuses on foundational concepts to prepare students for the deep mathematical understandings of the Common Core State Standards. 

Transition to Algebra

Many students struggle with algebra. Many students need to retake Algebra 1 multiple times just to pass. Even if they pass, many students are unable to think algebraically, lack mathematical strategies, and lack confidence as mathematicians. 

MathLinks Essentials

MathLinks: Essentials is a flexible, modular, efficient, distance-friendly program that focuses on the major work of middle school mathematics. Its primary goals are to make content accessible to all learners and to help students catch up. 


DreamBox is a K-8 digital math program designed to complement your math curriculum whether in the classroom or at home. Our rigorous and interactive lessons adapt to each student providing the ultimate personalized learning experience. Available in English and Spanish! 


MATH 180® is a revolutionary math intervention program that focuses on deep understanding and mastery of the essential skills and concepts necessary to unlock algebra and advanced mathematics. 

Georgia Numeracy Project

 The Georgia Numeracy Project is focused on developing students' understanding of numbers, and their ability to use numbers to solve problems with in a classroom or math intervention setting.

Intervention Central

Intervention central provides a wide range of research based math interventions and other resources For tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 interventions . Assessments, progress monitoring,  and universal screening.

Kentucky Center for Mathematics

The  Kentucky Center for Mathematics goal is to provide resources including professional development, virtual resources. games, and assessments. Resources go from early numeracy up to algebra.

Idaho Numeracy Project

The goal of the Numeracy project is to increase student achievement in mathematics by  developing numeracy skills though basic skills like , counting, addition and subtraction, algebraic thinking, and number sense.

Didactic games and math exercises for preschoolers | Card file in mathematics on the topic:

Didactic games and exercises in mathematics for preschoolers

Games that can be used at home to help the child develop mathematical abilities using game methods and techniques.
As well as a didactic manual for individual developmental and remedial classes, and for classes on the formation of elementary mathematical concepts in kindergarten.

The concept of "formation of mathematical abilities" is quite complicated and complex. It consists of interrelated and interdependent ideas about space, shape, size, time, quantity, which are necessary for the cognitive development of the child.
We want to show you how you can help your child develop math skills at home using game methods and techniques.
Children's games are great helpers in the development of the child. The game is beneficial in that it gently teaches new skills, develops thinking and imagination in children, and helps to establish control over behavior. In a playful way, it is easier and more efficient to convey information, teach to concentrate and solve problems. The process brings joy and pleasure to a child, he easily turns on and shows genuine interest, independently understands tasks and actively looks for answers, tries to cope with difficulties.
Didactic game and game exercises also act as a means of comprehensive education of the child's personality. What does all-round development of a child mean? If adults devote 10-15 minutes to their child, the child will both speak correctly and think logically and will be your most intelligent and developed child.
The role of didactic games and gaming exercises in the formation of elementary mathematical concepts in preschoolers is very great. They help the child learn how the world around him works and expand his horizons.
The home environment contributes to the emancipation of the child and he learns the educational material at his own pace, consolidates the knowledge gained in kindergarten. Parents, in turn, learn a lot about their child.
Therefore, we can recommend some mathematical games and exercises for their
family. These games are available for a child from preschool age, and do not require lengthy preparation, the production of complex didactic material

"Pick up the wheels to the wagons"

Purpose of the game: learning to distinguish and name geometric shapes, establishing a correspondence between groups of figures, counting up to 5. - blue wheels Then you need to count the wheels from left to right for each trailer separately (cars and wheels can be cut out of colored cardboard in 5-10 minutes)

"Days of the Week"

Game exercise
- What day of the week is the 1st (3rd, 5th) in a row?:

-Today is Friday. What day will tomorrow be?

-Thursday - what day is it?

- What day of the week is after Tuesday?

- What day is between Thursday and Tuesday?

-How many days are there in a week?

"Name a similar object"

Game exercise
Purpose of the game: development of visual attention, observation and coherent speech.

Game progress: an adult asks a child to name objects that look like different geometric shapes, for example, "Find what looks like a square" or find all the round objects ... This game can be easily played while traveling or on the way home.

"Find and name"

Purpose: to consolidate the ability to quickly find a geometric figure of a certain size and color.
Move: On the table in front of the child, 10-12 geometric figures of different colors and sizes are laid out in disorder. The facilitator asks to show various geometric shapes, for example: a large circle, a small blue square, etc.

Orientation in space

Game exercise
Arrange any toys around the child from four sides (left, right, front, back).
Questions: Who is standing to your right (left)? Who is in front (behind) of you? Where is the hare? (to my left) Where is the car? (behind me), etc.

"Collect the beads"

Game exercise
Purpose of the game: to develop the perception of color, size; the ability to generalize and concentrate; speech.

Game progress: for sequences, you can use the Lego constructor, figures cut out of paper (but I prefer figures made from kitchen cellulose napkins - they are more convenient to work with), any other objects.

“Who knows, let them count further”

Game exercise
For example, an adult calls the number 5 and says: “Count further” (and so with any number up to 10).
Say the numbers up to 6 (5, 3, 4, etc.)
Say the numbers after 3 (4, 7, 6, etc.)
Say the number is 1 more (or 1 less than the named one).
Chain counting (one by one).

The adult starts with “one”, the child continues with “two”, the adult starts with “three”, the child starts with “four”, and so on. up to 10. Then the child starts the count first.

"Orientation in space"

Game exercise
Who is where?
Arrange any toys around the child from four sides (left, right, front, back).
Questions: Who is standing to your right (left)? Who is in front (behind) of you? Where is the hare? (to my left) Where is the car? (behind me), etc.

Mathematics for children 4, 5, 6, 7 years old

print on a printer and engage with children, both at home and in preschool and school institutions. Learning math in a playful way is a very interesting activity even for those children who do not show much love for learning. Also, such tasks are great for little fidgets who cannot sit in one place for 5 minutes. Each game task is designed for a younger child - it is designed in such a way that the child does not get tired, and at the same time receives a useful portion of knowledge and skills. The main thing is not to solve all the tasks at once, only one at a time!

Mathematics for children 4, 5, 6, 7 years old - choose a section for learning

Mathematics for children is presented here in several sections, each of which develops certain skills in teaching a child. For example, counting up to 10 and 20 is intended for children who are learning to count objects, but still do not know numbers well and do not know how to solve mathematical expressions. In the section with tasks in mathematics, more complex tasks are presented, in which examples, tasks, and various tasks for adding, subtracting, dividing the number of objects into equal parts, etc. can be found. In tasks with geometric shapes, children will get acquainted with the shapes and names of geometric shapes, perform simple tasks to consolidate the learned material. Also, tasks with mathematical signs (greater than, less than, equals sign) are given separately.

Learning to Count to 10 - Fun Picture Activities

In this section we are learning to count to 10 with fun picture activities for preschoolers. Learning to count in a playful way is a very interesting activity even for those children who do not show much love for learning.

Learn to Count to 20 - Picture Games

Here we learn to count to 20 by doing interesting picture games. The activities below are suitable for children who have already mastered counting up to 10 and are starting to learn counting within 20.

Fun math pictorial tasks for kids

Here are some fun and colorful math pictorial tasks for kids who are getting ready for school or are in 1st grade. Assignments can be very useful for teachers in kindergartens and elementary schools to teach children about mathematical expressions more effectively.

Geometric shapes for children - Interesting tasks

Here you can download and print geometric shapes for children in the form of interesting tasks in pictures, the implementation of which will not only benefit the child, but also a lot of fun.

Numbers for kids - Download, print and cut!

Numbers for children in various designs are presented here - numbers in the form of flowers, three-dimensional, gold, with various textures, ice, puzzle numbers, as well as simple numbers in black and red.

Mathematical signs and symbols - Picture tasks

Learning math signs and symbols with interesting picture tasks. By completing tasks, the child will learn to distinguish between greater than and less than signs, as well as plus, minus and equal signs.

Other interesting topics with mathematics

Educational games "Mathematics for Toddlers"

The games were developed by the Chudo-Yudo children's portal especially for the youngest children (from 2 years old) who are just starting to learn to count to 10. Such games contribute to faster memorization of numbers, and also allow the child to understand the technology of counting, which is difficult for his age.

Math games for children from 4 to 6 years old

Games are designed to prepare a preschooler for the first mathematical knowledge and numeracy.

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