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Tuesday, April 20, 2021


"If you want to catch a rabbit, you have to have a rabbit trap."  That's one of the most important things I learned from a favorite professor in grad school.  This cell phone will certainly be a "rabbit trap" to capture children's attention and nurture math skills.

Personal Cell Phone
Download the pattern and glue it to card stock.  Let the children design their own covers. 

Hint! Punch a hole for a view finder so they can "take pictures." 

*Use for numeral recognition, adding, subtracting, spelling words, and so forth.


Giant Cell Phone

This 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?

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


Paper Plate Cell Phone

I saw this online and thought it was brilliant.  Not my idea, but a fun one parents could make at home.