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.