Spider Counting wipeable and reusable-DIY math-board for kids is a fun way to practice rational counting and color recognition during the Halloween season (or any time)!
Let’s turn Pringles lid into a wipeable reusable-DIY spider counting math-board! Just because you are trash does not mean you cannot do great things! It is called a garbage can 🗑; not garbage can not. This upcycling craft is easy to make from recyclable materials and is excellent for building fine motor skills and helping preschoolers and kindergartners to develop dexterity.
You’ll Need for Spider Counting | Reusable-DIY Math-Board
- recycled cardboard
- 5 Pringles lids
- a hot glue gun (similar here)
- markers (I used a combination of Arteza chalk markers and Uni markers)
- spiders (or other counters)
- optional: Montessori golden bead bars
Instructions |Spider Counting | Reusable-DIY Math-Board
- First, position five lids on cardboard and trace around them with a pencil.
- Then, remove the lids and color in the traced circles. (I matched the colors to those of plastic spiders.)
- Draw the spider legs (four on each side).
- Thereafter, hot glue the lid over the “spider body” – this becomes a reusable wipeable board.
Write numbers on the lid with a dry-erase marker. [We love using these silly magnetic faces as an eraser.)
Spider Counting | Reusable-DIY Math-Board
This reusable DIY mat- board can be used for a wide range of activities.
1-5 Rational Counting:
Write numeral one through five on each lid. Offer a child to place the matching color and corresponding quantity of spiders on each lid. This a great activity to reinforce one-to-one correspondence and numeral-to-quantity association.
Watch the Spider Counting | Reusable-DIY Math-Board video tutorial below.
Teens & Tens Work
You can also use this board to introduce teens and tens to a child. For example, write teen numbers on each lid and offer Montessori golden bead bars to place [one] next to each lid. Then offer spiders, as units, to put on the lid. For example, for the number 14, a child would place one bead bar and four spiders.
Alternatively, to practice tens, for example, for the number 53, a child would place five bead bars and three spiders.
Skills At Play
- rational counting
- one-to-one correspondence
- color recognition and matching
- fine motor control
- hand-eye coordination
Fine Motor Control and Dexterity
Building fine motor skills helps children strengthen the small muscles of the hands so that they can coordinate them with the movement of the eyes and fingers.
Manual dexterity is the ability to use hands in a skillful way to grasp and manipulate objects or loose items while demonstrating precise movements. That is, dexterity is a more advanced level of fine motor skill when children are efficient in using their hands.
While retrieving and placing tiny spiders on a lid, a child sharpens hand-eye coordination and builds fine motor skills. Children promote small muscle hand control by tonging, pinching, transferring, threading, etc. During these activities, they develop the strength, dexterity, and control needed to manipulate many everyday items such as a pencil, spoon, button, scissors, zippers, and more.
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