I love the twins' preschool teachers. They are always so creative and come up with many fun learning activities for the kids. I am often inspired by things they have done in the classroom and try and come up with a way to extend them at home. "A" recently came home with a paper numbered from 1-5 with pipe cleaners and beads taped to it. I loved this idea for counting and it reminded me of the You Can Count on Me math activity we had done in the past.
Only A's small group did the activity, so B did not have a chance to try it. It looked very simple to make, so I made one and extended the numbers to 10 for a more of a challenge.
Supplies you will need:
- Paper (I used two sheets of copy paper taped together)
- Pipe cleaners cut in half
Once you have taped the two pieces of paper together, write the numbers 1-10 on top. Next, tape the halved pipe cleaners under each number. Be sure you just tape the top of the pipe cleaner to the paper so your child can still lift it up to insert the beads. Fill up a small cup with the some beads and instruct the kids to place the appropriate number of beads on each pipe cleaner.
Little C didn't quite get the concept behind the activity, but she did enjoy putting beads on the pipe cleaner. This kept her quite busy, as you can see by the concentrated look on her face.
When A was done stringing her beads, she was careful to count each bead and check her work.She was so pleased that she got them all correct!
B displays her completed activity!