I slipped two of the number tubes over the pipes and asked them to read the numerals they could see. Then gave the challenge “can you put the right number of pom poms down each pipe and see how many the number machine will turn them into altogether?!”
Then we were able to say what number magic had happened in the machine. “Wow! 5 pom poms and 2 pom poms makes 7 pom poms altogether!” “So 5 + 2 = 7!”
We repeated this with lots of combinations of numbers up to 10. The next step would be to write teen numbers and see if they could rise to the challenge of such large amounts of counting using 1:1 correspondence. Can you think of a fun way to make a subtraction machine? That could also come as a next step!
What they are learning as they play:
maths: recognising numerals 0-10 (and beyond), counting using 1:1 correspondence, combining small groups of objects to work out addition problems, problem solving, recognising small amounts, grouping
motor skills: fine motor control, hand/eye co-ordination, pincer grasp
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Shaunna @ Fantastic Fun and Learning says
Now that is just plain FUN!! My girls are obsessed with their marble maze. This would be such a great way to build on that enthusiasm and incorporate a bit of math.
GOSH this is brilliant!!!! As a Year One teacher this would be a really excellent resource in my classroom!! Thank you sooooooo much for sharing 🙂
Deborah Alter-Rasche says
Oh, that is so clever! I just love it!! I too am so happy to be partnered with you on this! Rocking it!
just off the top of my head, you could make a subtraction machine by adding another tube to hang down from thetriangular stage, say over the edge of a table. Kids could put some pompoms down one of the top tubes, then out of the pompoms that land at the bottom, push a certain number down the second tube onto the floor (!) and count how many are left…
Anna Ranson says
LOVE that Deb!!
Really like this idea. I need a to find a way to store recycled stuff. I’ve always done it, but at the moment we are living in a tiny shed (4 of us, with number 5 on the way) and there is just no room. I’m really missing having cardboard tubes, boxes and all those other useful things at my disposal. I think, however, that I could find everything I need to at least make a modified version of this awesome activity. My three year old will love the counting and my 17 month old will love the cause and effect. And yes, definitely using sparkly pom poms!
I am thinking this is some kind of wonderful idea! I am glad I found this on Pinterest. Thanks for a great “addition” to my Math/Manip. Center 😉
Kristina Ignovska says
Oh, what a great idea! And how about for subtraction turning away one of the tubes, so that the balls (whole sum) from the tray would not come back to it again…So still the same prop can be used… 🙂
Emma @emvanstone says
That is fantastic Anna, I absolutely love it.
This is a great idea! Love it.
love this. thinking about modifying it to use the pom poms to represent places (1s, 10s, 100s, etc) for my older two. the wee one will love this as is.
This is such an amazing craft and idea! Had to post on Craft Gossip! Happy counting!!
Tailored shirts says
Amazing!!! I love this thanks for sharing this with us.
This is such a great idea – so simple and fun – and for the kids “like magic”!
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
Ruth Klein says
Fantastic!, so creative, I run a small play group of mixed ages, older ones age 2yrs, another lovely way to have fun with numbers.
Thank you so much for sharing.
super great idea congratulation!!!!
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