I spent a little time in the classroom again today. My oldest son likes to go with me, and he keeps himself pretty busy. He has done the whole thousand chain and we have it all laid out on the floor for now with all the arrows. Now he is working on pin-punching and creating a map of Europe. He does one or two countries each time he goes up there with me.
I created an activity that was completely inspired by two glass pieces I bought the other day at our local thrift store. When I bought them, I was thinking I would probably use them in Practical Life. However, I came up with a different use, for now at least. See photos and descriptions below.
The piece at left is a glass butter dish and the one on the right is a little glass bowl with "bubbly" bumps on the outside. When I bought the butter dish, my mind was racing thinking about what "long" items I could put in it. Then I thought of pipe cleaners cut in half. Originally, I was thinking I would just put beads in the round bowl that could be slid onto the pipe cleaners and use it in the Practical Life area as a fine motor activity. Then I decided to create a math activity by making it into a variation of Cards and Counters.
Using the number cards I rejected in this Cards and Counters variation along with the tray I found on a previous "thrifty" outing, I came up with the activity you see above. Now I wish I had taken a closer-up photo of the beads I used. They are shaped like flowers. As you can see, the child places the number cards in correct order, then slides the corresponding number of beads onto a pipe cleaner. A control of error is that you would have exactly 55 beads. Unfortunately, I don't have that many. So I have placed this on the shelf with a sticky-note to remind myself to buy enough to make 55 before school starts in August. I am sure that my two little glass dishes will be recycled into another activity when this one rotates off the shelf.