It’s back-to-school season, and we know you’re looking for ways to educate and engage your kids especially when it comes to counting and math skills. Look no further! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to create a fantastic counting craft that not only entertains but also educates.
This hands-on activity will help children develop essential skills such as learning numbers, problem-solving, and understanding math concepts. So let’s roll up your sleeves and dive in to this exciting counting craft!
Benefits of Counting Crafts
Before we start with the craft, let’s take a moment to understand the benefits:
Develops Fine Motor Skills
Cutting out shapes, writing numbers, and attaching pieces are all great ways to enhance fine motor skills in children. This craft encourages precision and control while working with scissors and positioning, promoting dexterity and coordination.
Provides an Opportunity to Learn Math Concepts
Through this counting craft, children will gain a deeper understanding of numbers and how they work. By physically manipulating the shapes and symbols, they can visualize mathematical concepts, such as addition and subtraction, in a hands-on way.
Encourages Creative Thinking
Crafting activities promote creativity and imagination. As children engage in this counting craft, they can explore different ways to use the materials, experiment with numbers, and find their unique solutions to math problems.
Let’s Try This Counting Craft!
Now that we understand the benefits, let’s get started with the number hands craft. Here’s what you’ll need:
· 1 sheet of paper with numbers 1 -10, =, -, and +
· 1 sheet of paper with hands printed on them
· 1 blank sheet of paper
· VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Squares and Strips
· Permanent marker
- Cut out Your Shapes
Begin by cutting out two hand shapes. These will be the main components of the counting craft.
Next, cut out all of the numbers and symbols: a plus (+), minus (-), and equal (=) sign.
- Attach Your Hands
Using glue, attach the paper hands to the top of a blank sheet of paper. Make sure they are firmly secured.
Next, add the VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Squares (the loop side) to each finger. Then, attach a piece of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Strips (the hook side) to the palm area so that the fingers can be moved up or down.
- Attach Your Remaining Numbers and Symbols
Directly below the hands, add the hook side of the VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Strips. This is where you’ll create equations using your symbols and numbers.
On the next line, add another hook side of the tape. This is where you’ll have the numbers sit when they are not in use.
Lastly, attach VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back Squares (the loop side) to the back of each number and the plus, minus, and equal sign. These will stick to the hook strips on the paper, allowing your kids to create equations.
And that’s it! Take counting with your hands to a whole new level with this craft. It’s an excellent way to make learning numbers and math concepts enjoyable and interactive for children. By engaging their hands, minds, and creativity, kids can explore the world of counting and problem-solving in a fun and memorable way.
This hands-on counting craft is perfect as an additional lesson plan for kindergarteners and young learners who are just beginning to explore the world of numbers.
So, gather your materials, follow these steps, and let the counting fun begin! Encourage your little ones to experiment with different combinations, solve equations, and discover the magic of numbers with this educational and exciting craft activity. Happy counting!