Week at a Glance:
- Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
- DIY Counting Stones
- FREE printable numbers
I’m continuing this week with the theme of DIY math manipulatives and games.
Last week, I highlighted the DIY Jenga Math Game that our church kiddos made for the students in Cambodia. I also came up with the idea of letting our kids make Counting Stones. Again, the games our team introduced to the teachers in Cambodia needed to be easy with no language barriers and the manipulatives had to be easy enough for a 5 year old to make. Yes, that easy! We also wanted to introduce the teachers in Cambodia to the idea of self-made learning materials. And we certainly didn’t want to introduce high maintenance American style teaching materials to the teachers in Cambodia.
Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse
by Margaret Wise Brown
Why we love this book:
Count to 10 with a Mouse is a perfect little introduction to the Counting Stones. From the beloved author of Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, this cute book with repetitive rhyming text quickly pulls children into the pages.
Then the mouse ran through the book, the mouse ran through the book.
He ran through onto the next page to take a little look.
Wait! Open this book VERY gently . . . There’s a little mouse inside!
The illustrations of the book are designed to look like the mouse is crawling through the book hole by hole, page by page. It is very clever to see the mouse crawl from page to page counting his way all the way to the end.
And when he got to ten. And when he got to ten.
He turned around the other way and ran right back again.
DIY Counting Stones
So Easy a 5 Year-Old Can Make Them!
- flat stones (I bought these at Dollar Tree.)
- numbers (FREE printable numbers)
- Mod Podge
- sponge or paint brushes
FREE printable: Counting Stones Numbers
- I bought cute little number stickers that were too stiff and did not stick to the stones correctly.
- Consequently, I made my own printable numbers.
- I actually like them better because they are written clearly, without distracting colors and designs.
- Simple and clear is much more my teaching style.
Step 1: Paint a layer of Mod Podge
Step 2: Add Number and Paint a Top Layer of Mod Podge
- The kids used scrapbook scissors when cutting out the numbers.
- We didn’t worry about perfection. They cut any which way.
- Be sure to stick down all of the little edges.
Step 3: Make a Counting Stone Using Stickers
- Follow Steps 1 and 2 using a bottom and top layer of Modge Pod.
- Make coordinating numbers and counting stones for numbers 1 – 10.
Step 4: Let The Stones Dry
Mix Them Up
Math Them Up . . . Add Them Up . . . Invent New Games
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
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The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, October 20, 2014. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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