This first activity is called Number Punchers. Kids LOVE using silly hole punchers and this gives them a reason to do just that. I made these super easy cards. (Click here to GRAB this quick FREEBIE - it's in powerpoint so you can edit to your liking)..... Kids use a marker to circle the number they want to punch....and then use the hole puncher to punch, punch, punch the number they circled. (This is also easy to differentiate by making the numbers higher and perhaps not in order (so they HAVE to read the number). We are preparing for our Math Universal Screener so I kept the numbers low for now:0)
This next activity is called Pinchy Poms and it's a class favorite! Kids use tweezers, clothespins, or other pinchers to grab poms and toss them into a paper plate....and see how many poms make it into the plate. Use 2 dice, roll -- Toss the number of poms on 1 die and then the number of poms from the other die....Then touch and count them all... See how many poms you tossed make it to the paper plate.
Lego Addition is another math tub we started this week. Kids LOVE legos and this gives them permission to use them during math tub time. I took an old set of addition flashcards and programmed them with blue, green, red, and yellow dots (the color legos I have). I placed a colored dot (with a marker) next to each number so that kids are adding 2 colored dots on each flash card. Then kids use the legos that match to act out the problem.
Here is the last math tub I'm going to show you today. It's called Playdough Tees. I stole some golf tees from my husband (shhhh.....promise not to tell). Kids use playdough to make a big ball. Then roll 2 dice....Place the number of tees into the play dough that is on 1 die and then place the number of tees on the 2nd die. Touch and count all the tees! Kids think they are making an alien. I've never said that, but every year the kids come up with that they are making aliens and actually call it the "Alien game". I used to use clay instead of play dough, but the kids really struggled with the clay so I changed it to playdough and they enjoy it much more. It's great for fine motor work!
I hope you enjoyed these math tubs and maybe even found some new ideas! I know this isn't 10 math tubs like I told you I have. That's because the rest of my math tubs come from my winter units -
The Mitten and Snow Fun Snowbuddies units from my TpT Store. I'll show you some of those in a couple days!
What are some of your favorite math tubs activities??