This is a super easy DIY math counting activity to teach your child simple addition, number recognition and numeral to quantity association. This is also an awesome fine and gross motor exercise as those little fingers would have to open and match the pegs to the craft sticks.

What you will need:

First, I wrote a simple equation in a numerical format on a craft stick. Control-of-error: a child flips that same craft-stick to confirm the answer by counting dot-stickers which match the numeral format on the other side.

I wrote six simple equations with matching answers on clothespins.

How to present this lesson: All equations are faced up and the child chooses each equation to solve one by one and matches the correct answer written on a clothespin. (💡TIP: I primed parts of craft sticks with a thin coat of clear nail-polish, so that the marker would not "run" when I write numbers on it.)

https://player.vimeo.com/video/223643543

Besides learning basic addition, while reinforcing number recognition, a child is also exercising fine-motor skills by having to match the clothespin with the correct answer to the corresponding craft stick equation.

For more on addition work, see a 🎥video-post here "Montessori Math Simple ➕ Addition using Marble-Counters" which also has an intro to What is Montessori Math?

Also, see here a 🎥 video-post "➕Addition Strip Board (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson), " and after solving the Addition Strip Board equation, Adrian wrote it down on his work-sheet – see the 🎥 video post here. For an extension to a Strip Board addition work, see here "➕Addition Strip Board Making 🔟’s (Montessori 🔢 Math 🎥 Lesson)."

For more on math, see here a post 🎥 video "Beginning ➖ Subtraction 🎥 (Montessori 🔢 Math Lesson)."