Addition Made Easy!

This is such a simple idea!  I found it on another blog a while back and did not note it.  (If you know where I found my inspiration – let me know!)  I adore this idea as it gives the children a hands on and visual representation of the math problem.   I think it is still important to keep math concrete for kindergarteners.   This is super easy to prepare.  Here’s how to do this:

  1. I printed up cardstock cards with the number and number word.  Here’s what I made in google docs –  Number Cards and Recording Sheets
  2. I put six paperclips on each card (one for each child).  (I put them all on one side of the card.)
  3. I gave each child a recording sheet.
  4. I had every child write the number six in the answer spot as all we were working with is six.
To make an addition problem – move one paper clip over as seen above.  The addition problem in this case is 5 + 1 = 6.
3 + 3 = 6
4 + 2 = 6
3 + 3 = 6
  • This method gives the children who need to see the problem visually a clear view as each number of the addition problem is on either side of the card.
  • For tactical children, this gives them something to touch and count.  Each number of the problem is separated by the sides of the card so they do not get lost in the count.

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  1. I love this! What a great visual activity! Thank you for sharing! I know this would help my kinders tremendously!

  2. shar says:

    This is exactly what I need. A brilliant simple idea for number bonds – thank you 🙂

  3. Hi! I came across your blog and I LOVE it! Did your inspiration to create this activity come from the Homeschool Den blog I was also inspired to create this activity but I am not sure if I posted it on my Tot Play: A Learning Journey blog or not – it would have been a LONG LONG time ago. I am trying to blog consistently but it hasn’t worked out that way yet. Stop by to say hi!

  4. I went to see if that was the blog and it was not it BUT loved the blog! Thank you for the reference. There were many math activities I want to try! Stopped by your blog too! Loved it as well!

  5. I know the feeling. I saw many math activities that I wanted to try at the Homeschool Den. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am hoping to blog more often soon.

  6. Karima says:

    Love your ideas.
    Is it possible to have downloads on dropbox instead of google docs.?

    Thank you.

    • Sally says:

      Yes! We will be updating documents. It will be in June. Stay tuned!

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