Monday, January 9, 2012

Place Value Bean Sticks and a Freebie!


Yay!  I'm so excited to share my first winter freebie!

If you read my snowflake craft post last week, you might remember that during that activity I introduced skip counting to my preschooler.  She was very enthusiastic about learning this and caught on pretty quick.  I knew she would need lots of practice to better understand this concept, so last week she made a set of place value bean sticks to help her as she practices skip counting. 


I first stumbled across place value bean sticks at Kindergarten Crayons.  If you're not familiar with this math tool, (I wasn't until a few days ago!) they are the inexpensive version of the plastic place value blocks I've used in my classroom.  Place value bean sticks are a great multisensory math manipulative that little learners can make themselves.  

Here's how my preschooler made a set of place value bean sticks...
 
Materials 
Craft Sticks
Large Lima Beans (The Dollar Store!)
Elmer's Glue 


Directions
First my preschooler spread out the glue using a paintbrush.  This method of gluing turned out to be much  easier on her fingers than squeezing the glue from the bottle!


Next she counted out ten beans.


Then she glued the beans onto a stick and repeated the process until she had 10 bean sticks.  


It was a great math activity and also lots of messy fun for my little one too!  These bean sticks will be a great tool for teaching and practicing all sorts of place value concepts such as building two digit numbers, identifying two digit numbers, regrouping, addition and subtraction!  But to start off, my preschool will use these bean sticks to practice skip counting by ten.     

Skip Counting Cards (Freebie!)
To go along with the place value bean sticks, I made a set of skip counting cards using some adorable graphics for Scrappin Doodles.

Click on the image below to download a copy or click HERE



Here is the activity I have set up using the place value bean sticks and skip counting cards...


My preschooler selects a card, clips it to the cup, counts out the correct number of place value bean sticks and puts them in the cup!


What activities do you do to teach your kiddos skip counting?

I link-up to these great parties!


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28 comments:

  1. Love these! We aren't ready for skip counting yet but I'm pinning this for the day we are.

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  2. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! I am not sure if my 4 yr old is ready for skip counting, but I am willing to try, he tends to surprise me at times! Thanks for sharing and what an awesome freebie printable!!

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  3. What a great activity...my twins are a bit young as yet but shall try and remember this one!

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  4. Trina let me know if try this with your 4 year old! I was surprised my preschooler picked up this concept so fast!

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  5. Rachel and Jode thanks for stopping by!

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  6. What an adorable idea, Lisa! I love your skip counting cards and how you used them. Thanks so much for the free download!
    MyHomeschoolTale.blogspot.com

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  7. Thanks Andrea! I hope you can use this with your kiddos!

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  8. I am glad you liked my idea. It's a great way to teach beginning concepts for place value.
    Fran@kindergartencrayons.blogspot.com

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  9. Hi Lisa! Thanks for dropping by my site.

    I love this idea! Currently I'm using beads... but I can use as an alternative to make counting by tens more interesting. Great post!

    www.pinayhomeschooler.blogspot.com

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    1. Place value beads are a great idea too!

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  10. Thank you for this great idea! Perfect for my two little girls!

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    1. I hope your girls enjoy making these bean sticks as much as my daughter did!

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  11. This is such a great idea. Counting, motor skills, and so many other math concepts! Thanks for commenting on Cachey Mama's Classroom :)
    Lori

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    1. Yes all those great math concepts I thought were so wonderful to teach to my daughter, but her favorite part was definitely using the glue!

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  12. I love the skip counting cards. I just added a link to this post to my winter math work stations linky party. I know others will find them useful, too! Thank you for the freebies!

    Blessings,
    Marlana
    Lil' Country Kindergarten

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    1. Thanks for sharing these Marlana! I'm sure you creative kindergarten teachers can find lots of ways to use these cards for math stations!

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  13. This is a great skip counting activity! I love that you had her help with them! Stopping by from fun stuff friday :-)

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    1. My daughter loved making these! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. Have I mentioned how much I love the name of your blog? This is such a wonderful activity! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-6.html

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  15. Awww thanks! I've linked up my winter activities at Fun Stuff Friday!

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  16. What a fun way to learn & practice counting by 10s!! Love the hands on activity you did!! I am sharing it with my Facebook reader. Thanks for linking up to TGIF! I really enjoy seeing all your great ideas =-)
    Beth

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    1. Thanks for sharing on Facebook! I just "liked" your facebook page!

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  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! As a former classroom teacher, I have sets of "real" base ten blocks that I've used with my kids, but by making the bean sticks themselves, they will have a stronger concept of number. Thanks so much for sharing the cards too... I can't wait to do this with my kids! I'm going to pin it so that I can find the printable when I'm ready!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Yes I think having my daughter make these really helped her understand the concept of base ten.

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  18. I LOVE this!!! What a creative and awesome activity for learning how to count by 10's... bravo mama :) Thanks for sharing this with our readers on Sharing Saturday.

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  19. Great games you have listed here. I can remember doing some some similar things when I was a child.

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