Saturday, August 13, 2011

Math Centers- Number work

Children get to explore numbers in a variety of forms. 

Numeral to set

These types of games are very simple to make.  Pick any theme.  Cut shapes or buy them already cut out.  Then find something that goes with the shape to use as counters.  I like using those shaped erasers you can buy at the dollar store.

Here are butterflies cut from the ellison machine. I put numbers 1-10 on the front and 11-20 on the back just so higher level thinkers can have a challenge.  I have snowmen, cars, Christmas trees, hearts, and flowers.  Any little manipulative piece can be paired with a shape to make a thematic game.

You can also buy store bought games and adapt them to your needs.  This game is cute but is too easy.  It is set up more like flash cards so that kids can count the number of M&M's on each card.  I use bowls or thought about making candy jars with the little M&M pieces.

great number work

This site has the cutest printable number games.

Fun and good for fine motor

This is cute, but I would use dots and numbers.

adorable file folder game

light table counting

Make Milk Carton Counting Houses
This would be neat while talking about families.  Kids could make their own family.

here are autumn number playdo mats and a number stamping chart and lots of other free printables.

Number Order

Here I made a puzzle out of an old calendar picture.  The picture helps the children put the numbers in order.

This would work well with stick puzzles too.

Here are some neat ideas for your math centers.  I like how she uses space to create a center.

Here is a cute game for working with odd and even numbers.

Here are neat number activity centers

Writing numbers
here are some cute writing sheets and number chants to help children remember how to make the numbers.

Adding &Taking away
Tired Need Sleep has some cute printable dice to give the children a physical activity to help the concept of adding and taking away.


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