I slipped two of the number tubes over the pipes and asked them to read the numerals they could see. Then gave the challenge “can you put the right number of pom poms down each pipe and see how many the number machine will turn them into altogether?!”
Then we were able to say what number magic had happened in the machine. “Wow! 5 pom poms and 2 pom poms makes 7 pom poms altogether!” “So 5 + 2 = 7!”
We repeated this with lots of combinations of numbers up to 10. The next step would be to write teen numbers and see if they could rise to the challenge of such large amounts of counting using 1:1 correspondence. Can you think of a fun way to make a subtraction machine? That could also come as a next step!
What they are learning as they play:
maths: recognising numerals 0-10 (and beyond), counting using 1:1 correspondence, combining small groups of objects to work out addition problems, problem solving, recognising small amounts, grouping
motor skills: fine motor control, hand/eye co-ordination, pincer grasp
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Pop on over to Learn with Play at Home to see her counting and ordering with paper tubes activity too!
See our shape binoculars with paper tubes here.
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