- plastic gloves
- 1 bag of mixed beans
- rubber bands
- Measuring spoon (Tablespoon size)
Directions for Making Counting Hands:
- Use a tablespoon sized measuring spoon to scoop the beans into the gloves. You may need someone to hold open the gloves for you so the beans won’t spill all over the table.
- Lay the gloves filled with beans on the table and make sure that the gloves will lay flat. You don’t want to overfill them.
- Hold the wrist end of the gloves closed and loop a rubber band around it. Don’t wrap the rubber band to tightly just yet.
- You will need to test out the fingers to make sure that they will be able to be folded backwards when you are trying to count. You don’t want them to be too floppy or too rigid. When you have them just as you want them, make sure the rubber bands are looped tightly.
Let’s Explore Addition
- If you like the idea of a plus sign and equal sign, you could use the hands on a white board or chalkboard. You could just draw them on the black work mat if you wanted to with white crayon or chalk. Adding the symbols will help kids see this math activity as more like a real math equations.
- These hands could easily be used for working on subtracting or the nines table in multiplication.
- You could place plastic rings on the odd or even number fingers of the hands.
- Another math activity you can do with the counting hands is count by twos. Children can easily push the fingers together into pairs and count by twos.
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What other math activities can you think of to do with the counting hands?