Guest post from one of my favorite bloggers, Leann of Montessori Tidbits!
Three years ago , I “discovered” the Montessori method, while searching for fun but educational activities for my preschooler. This simple counting activity was one of our first activities, and a favorite with my son long after Christmas. I loved that it cost only $2 and took only a few minutes to create, yet my son was drawn to its simplicity of counting from one to ten.
- 1 pack of bead garland, cut into sections ranging from 1 to 10
- seasonal container
Prep and set-up:
- Cut the garland in increments from 1 to 10.
- Place the beads in a decorative container.
The child pulls out a strand and counts the number of beads on that strand. Then the child matches the number of beads on the strand with the corresponding numeral or from least to greates (as seen in the top image).
A favorite extension that my son loved with these bead strands was to match two sets together – preferably with 2 different colored strands. He would count the beads on each strand and then match strands with the same length.
To practice the teen numbers, I created a similar exercise, but used strands of beads from 11 to 20 instead.
What other simple activities have you found that emphasize math with ordinary items?
Leann is a homeschooling mama of an over-active 6 year old, proud wife of a cop, and pet lover of their two dogs and frogs. Her blog, Montessori Tidbits, chronicles their homeschooling journey, while throwing in tidbits about life, reviews, and recipes. You can find Montessori Tidbits on FB, twitter, pinterest, and G+.
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