So yesterday I shared with you some activities I did with my little gal at home. If you missed that post, you can find it here. She worked on counting to 5, sorting colors, and strengthening her fine motor skills all with these little beads....
So while I was sitting with her yesterday, I thought about a way I could use the same materials with my kinder guy. It's always great to be able to use the same manipulative for different concepts...this way, you're not having to break your budget going out and buying these hands-on treats for every single thing you want to teach.
My little guy has been learning his addition and subtraction facts. The goal is for him to become fluent with these facts (0-5) by the end of the year. We've been working with flash cards that his school has sent home, which is great! But I wanted to make it a little more hands-on for him because....
1)He's a boy! If you get him working with his hands, he has WAY more fun! and.....
2) Being able to see what math/addition means will really help him understand the concept better and ultimately help with his fluency and memorization.
So I turned these pipe cleaners into "number sentence holders". Just twist the pipe cleaner so it's creates somewhat of a knot in the middle to make 2 sections.
Then by placing the star beads on each side of the pipe cleaner, he created his own number sentence.
So I created this sheet to take it one step further where he could record the number sentences and picture. Don't worry...if you're interested in having this sheet..there is a link at the bottom of this post :)
If you look back up at the top picture, he matched the color of the bead as well:) What a smart little guy I have :)
He really enjoyed doing this activity. I know your students will enjoy it too! It's such a great way to get them thinking about and working with math!
As you can see in the background here...my little gal was eager to play with these too! She loved the activity from yesterday so it was some great family time and learning time together :)
Thanks for stopping by today!!