Math can be so much more engaging when you teach concepts in a new way. This year, I added some new math crafts to my math lessons, and the results were amazing!
In my experience, teaching math has always been more effective when there are a lot of hands-on activities included in instruction. This includes lots of blocks, spinners, dice, cards, and other manipulatives. Little hands and brains seem to learn so much better when there are concrete objects to move around and play with.
Adding art to our math instruction fits right in with this way of thinking. Coloring, cutting, gluing and arranging shapes is an engaging way for students to expand their fine motor and thinking skills.
In addition, the projects I’ve made with my students are fun and cute – that’s why my students love to make, display and talk about them!
A PEEK AT SOME MATH CRAFTS
Here are some photos of the math crafts we’ve made in class. Some of the core math concepts covered are numeral formation, subitizing, counting, one-to-one correspondence, skip counting, geometry, place value, symmetry, telling time, and doubles! Click on any of the pictures to see the project in more detail.
Geometry – 2D and 3D Robots
Pattern Caterpillar: Skip Counting by 2, 5, and 10
Numbers and Subitizing – Build A Number Pal
Telling Time – Turtle Time Clocks
Subitizing and Numeral Formation Puzzles 1-10
Counting Monster Eyes – One to One Correspondence
Doubles Ladybugs on a Leaf
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Many of these new crafts also include color versions to use a math centers, and printables to use for assessment of understanding. Skills practiced include: Addition, Subtraction, Make 10, Doubles, Geometry, Odd and Even, 100’s Chart Adding or Subtracting tens and ones, and number order.