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Combine math and fine motor skills for an engaging hands-on experience with these printable Shark Math Mats. It’s a perfect addition to an ocean theme for your preschool students.
Explore Counting and Number Quantities
The Shark Math Mats can be used to teach one-to-one correspondence as well as counting.
This activity will help your student beyond the rote reciting of numbers and help your student to actually count the items as they place them on the mat.
Understanding that each number has a quantity is a skill that gives your student a good math foundation.
Benefits of Hands-on Learning
The Shark Math Mat uses hands-on learning to help your student understand the meaning of counting. When your student looks at the card, he will have to determine how many teeth he needs to make and place on the card. Making and moving the playdough teeth will engage multiple areas of his brain while he makes new connections.
Hands-on learning also provides these benefits:
- 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.
Your student can use a variety of manipulatives with this Shark Math Mat. You can use white playdough or mini-marshmallows to make teeth. The marshmallows make some funny teeth!
You can get creative and think of other manipulatives to use as well.
How to Get Started with the Shark Math Mats
The printable Shark Math Mats are easy to use.
- Print the shark teeth counting cards.
- Laminate the mat, or put it in a Dry Erase Sleeve or page protector.
- Gather playdough or other manipulatives you want to use.
- Show your student how to use the math mats.
Download the Free Shark Math Mats
Simply click on the image below to grab your printable Shark Math Mat.
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