Hands-On Addition!

This is so easy to do with existing manipulatives in your home or classroom.  I put a different manipulative set in each group (see photos).  I print and laminate an “Addition Mat” for each child.  We began with the number five and are working through the number 10 to start.   It amazes me how much they love doing this!  It is simple and easy for them at this stage of the year.  I like to keep it simple as they practice recording their findings.  I like changing the manipulatives they work with.

  1. Each student counts out the correct number of manipulatives needed for the focus number.
  2. Each student explores how many ways there are to make the focus number inside the mat.
  3. Then the student writes this on their recording sheet. (I have them write each finding as they move the manipulatives within the mat).

Addition Circle Mat

Addition Recording Sheets

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  1. Kim says:

    On my drive home from school today, I was racking my brain for another way to show my kinder kiddos addition and then I found this! Thanks for the great freebies!

    Growing Up Teaching

  2. Barbara says:

    Love it. Thanks!
    Grade ONEderful

  3. I like this idea for my son, who has Down syndrome, and who just started doing math pages at school! This is something he could do at home! We tried the Montessori bead works but he has a hard time counting them with his not so great fine motor abilities. Love your idea, he could easily pick up these shapes and count them, using the circle as his guide! Great idea! Thanks again for sharing!

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