DIY Counting Stones: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

October 15, 2014

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Books for Kids GIVEAWAY: Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown
  • DIY Counting Stones
  • FREE printable numbers

 DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

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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.

 Count to 10 with a Mouse another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

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!

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Supplies:

  • flat stones (I bought these at Dollar Tree.)
  • stickers
  • numbers (FREE printable numbers)
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge or paint brushes

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 1: Paint a layer of Mod Podge

 

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

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.

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Step 4: Let The Stones Dry

 

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Mix Them Up

 

DIY Counting Stones with FREE printable numbers from waddleeahchaa.com

Math Them Up . . . Add Them Up  . . . Invent New Games

 

Count to 10 with a Mouse another great Books for Kids GIVEAWAY from waddleeahchaa.com

We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of Count to 10 with a Mouse by Margaret Wise Brown

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Robin Guerra October 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

This time of year I dry out pumpkin seeds and the children count them!

maryanne @ mama smiles October 16, 2014 at 1:50 pm

This book sounds very cute, and your counting stones are pretty!

ann October 16, 2014 at 11:53 pm

I like mice in stories but in person I get scared.

marie October 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm

i’m indifferent

Mandy Pelletier October 17, 2014 at 11:15 pm

I always loved the song one two buckle my shoe!

Julie October 18, 2014 at 6:05 pm

mice are okay.

Elizabeth October 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Jeannine those stones are beautiful! The visual impact is bound to help children want to learn the subject matter. You never cease to impress me!

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Jeannine October 21, 2014 at 7:32 am

Thank you Elizabeth! I agree they are beautiful but the kiddos at church made these not me. That’s how easy they are to make!

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