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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with this printable Gumball Math Mat. It’s a perfect addition to a sweet treats theme or candy theme for your preschool and kindergarten students.
Use the Gumball Math Mat to Explore Counting and Simple Addition
The Gumball 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 gumballs 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 Gumball 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 Gumball Math Mat.
Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this math mat. The easiest manipulative to use is playdough. Playdough is versatile, fun and makes a chore more like play. It also boosts fine motor skills.
Another manipulative that builds fine motor strength is pompoms. Your student can use tweezers to place the correct number of pompoms (gumballs) on the canister of the gumball machine.
For extra fun, you could try real gumballs, but they might roll around a bit. You may want to place the math mat on a jellyroll pan to stop the rolling.
How to Get Started with the Gumball Math Mat
The printable Gumball Math Mat is easy to use.
- Print the Gumball 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 Gumball Machine Math Mat
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