Create your own math manipulatives and make counting sticks with craft sticks (also known as popsicle sticks…or tongue depressors at the doctor’s office!). This is a fun way to teach number sense while strengthening fine motor skills with small objects around your house!
For my 3-year-old daughter, we have used everything from hair ties, pom poms, clothespins, stickers, and food to learn one-to-one correspondence, subitizing, and simple math. Practice with a variety of objects, especially with everyday items in your home. This makes counting relevant and enjoyable for your child and sets up the foundation for learning basic math.
What you need:
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What to do:
- Label crafts sticks with number with different colored marker
- Match corresponding number & color of selected item to craft stick number & color
- Model counting out loud for your child and ask her to count out loud:
yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā…
Explain to your child that it is important to practice counting Chinese out loud, carefully, and without rushing.
- Create math worksheet with colors corresponding to number on craft stick. For early learners, it is important to use different colors to represent the different numerical quantities of the equation. Color coding helps with grouping and mentally organizing information.
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