Wednesday, October 3, 2018


How about some math tools that can be used in a center?

Math Cups
Here’s another inexpensive tool that can be used for counting as well as other math activities. These cups are not only quiet to play with, but they develop small motor skills and eye-hand coordination. You will need bathroom cups and permanent marker. Turn the cups upside down and write numerals 1-20 on the tops (actually bottoms of the cups) and sides of the cups.


Mix up the cups. Ask the children to put the cups in order.

Trace around the bottom of one cup 20 times on a file folder as shown. Write the numerals in sequential order from top to bottom and left to right in the circles. Children take the cups and match them up to the appropriate circle on the file folder. Next, sweep the cups off and try to stack them up vertically from 1-20.

Math Facts
Write addition and subtraction facts on the sides of the cups. Write the answer inside on a dot sticker. Children can solve the problem and then check by looking inside the cup.
*Let them use the cup to build a pyramid if they answer correctly.

Counting by Multiples
Make math cups with multiples so children can practice counting by 2's, 5’s, 10’s, and so forth.

Hint! Store bathroom cups in an empty Pringle’s can.

Cell Phone
This giant cell phone will be a BIG hit with your students when it comes to practicing math facts. You’ll need a shower curtain liner, permanent marker, and fly swatter. Cut the shower curtain in half and draw a cell phone similar to the one shown with a permanent marker.

Number Recognition
Children can use the fly swatter to identify numbers. They can also practice typing their phone numbers, zip code, etc.

*Let children throw a bean bag on a number and then do that many jumping jacks, toe touches, or other exercises.

Math Facts
Write math facts on 5”x8” index cards. Let children use the fly swatter to type out numbers and the answers.

*Children can throw two beanbags on the phone and add, subtract, etc.

Sight Words
*Use the fly swatter to spell words. Can they add up how much a word is worth?

Personal Cell Phones

Let children make individual cell phones to use for numeral recognition, adding, subtracting, spelling words, and so forth.
*Download the pattern and then ask children to design their own covers.  Punch a hole for a view finder so you can "take pictures."

Sidewalk Math
Draw a cell phone on a paved playground surface and use for activities similar to those above.