The number zero will be the first number in our number bonds worksheets series.
After teaching the concept of zero, you can print out a free printable zero worksheet for your preschool or kindergarten child.
It’s perfect for young learners as it requires very minimal writing with a pencil. It’s mostly a coloring worksheet with some cut and paste. There’s also some addition and subtraction questions that asks kids to answer verbally.
The only time a pencil is required is to trace the number zero and a spot for them to draw a zero.
How to Teach Zero
A good way to start teaching kids about the number zero is with hands on play that will help them understand that zero is nothing. I found this to be a very easy concept to teach:
Adding and Subtracting Zero
Adding and subtracting zero was the next logical math skill to teach. We played with different objects and toys to add or subtract zero from them. She understood the concept pretty quickly.
So then I could ask her questions like, there’s 4 dolls in the doll bed plus zero dolls on the floor, how many dolls are there total?
Then to play around, I asked her bigger numbers – zero, or zero + a big number, any number. Once the concept is grasped, the answers come easy.
Is Zero Odd or Even?
Once your child knows “2, 4, 6, 8, 10”, then teaching them even or odd numbers is much easier.
I told my daughter, any number that ends with 2, 4, 6, 8, 0r 0 (the last number in 10) is even, anything else (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) is odd.
To help explain the concept of odd and even, you can use this free counting by 2’s preschool math worksheet. It will help them learn to count by 2’s to 10.
Preschool Zero Worksheet
I wanted this to be as kid friendly and fun as possible, while still teaching solid math skills. So in that goal, I tried to limit the worded instructions wherever possible, so parental explanation might be needed at times.
The printable zero worksheet will allow children to practice:
- counting zero
- adding and subtracting zero
- determining if zero is even or odd
- writing zero in words
- tracing and writing the number zero
Writing Zero In Words
The original reason I created these printables was to help teach my daughter in a fun way the Grade 1 skill “Writing Numbers In Words”. And what could be more fun than colouring fun looking letter characters!
And repetition for emphasis always being good, after she had fun colouring ZERO, I asked her to tell me how to spell it.
Then she got to do some cutting and pasting. Ok, I cut the letters out for her, but she was very happy to find the correct letters and glue them in the right spot.
Side note, after cutting them all out, perhaps put the letters in a little ziplock bag, or other container, for future lessons.
Another option for added repetition, if your child is able to write their letters, you could let them write the correct letters in the squares before gluing the letter tiles. That would allow for at least 4 different ways of learning how to read & spell the number zero:
- coloring the fun ZERO letters
- verbally repeating to parent or teacher the letters that spell “zero”
- writing the letters in the boxes
- finding and gluing the correct letters
The printable zero worksheet has only three zero’s for your child to trace, to introduce them to writing the number 0.
A rounded square after the tracing “0” section is for your child to try and write a zero without any tracing help.
Printable Zero Worksheet for Kindergarten
The free printable for this weeks lesson on zero can be downloaded below.
It includes a page with all the letters to cut out till the end of the lesson on “TEN”.