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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this printable Bug Math Mat. It’s a perfect addition to an insect theme for your preschool and kindergarten students.
Explore Counting and Simple Addition
The Bug Math Mat can be used to teach counting, and it can be used to teach simple addition.
If you want to explore counting with your student, use one dice. Student rolls the dice, counts the dots, and uses manipulatives to add the corresponding number of spots to the math mat.
If you want to teach simple addition, your student will need two dice. Student rolls the dice and adds then numbers and then student places the corresponding number of manipulatives to the math mat.
Benefits of Hands-on Learning
The Bug Math Mat uses hands-on learning to teach counting and simple addition. As students roll the dice and add the manipulatives to the page, they are playing with math.
Hands-on learning is essential for preschool and kindergarten students.
- It allows students to use their senses to explore new concepts.
- It improves fine motor skills.
- It allows young learners to make mistakes and problem solve.
- It also engages multiple areas of their brains while creating new connections.
Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this Bug Math Mat. She can use playdough to make spots for the bug. Playdough is a great option; it builds fine motor skills and promotes a play environment for the student.
Some other options include: cotton balls, chocolate candies, buttons and BINGO markers.
Another favorite for boosting fine motor skills is pompoms coupled with plastic tweezers. The tweezers help strengthen your student’s pincher grip.
How to Get Started with the Spotty Bug Math Mat
The printable Bug Math Mat is easy to use.
- Print the Bug Math Mat.
- Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
- Gather dice and any manipulatives you need.
- Show your student how to use the math mat.
Download the Free Bug Math Mat
Simply click on the image below to grab your printable Bug Math Mat.