Developing number sense is crucial in kindergarten– think of it as a life-long friendship with numbers. My most popular support activities are my math mat “games.” They help with varied exposure, building up stamina while maintaining consistency and invite the kiddos to get hands-on with numbers throughout the year.
Paired with common manipulatives, students will interact with the skills in a hands-on approach. These are the core number skills addressed each season:
- Tally Marks
There are right at 300 different included and are arranged by season to help with skill progression and differentiation. From Fall to Spring, the skills advance a bit more but maintain the same format. This way, you’re not having to “teach” a new center each time. I’ve found this really helps with center management.
These math mat games are essentially print and go. I’m a big clear binder sleeve or dry-erase pocket kinda gal. By doing this, it makes switching out and differentiating the mats even easier. We use the mats the small group table and centers in the clear sleeves. Alternatively, you could print and laminate the mats. Pair with an expo and matching tools and you’re good to go!
Students can practice showing their thinking using the reusable recording sheet for the season! These are great for a quick check if you’re using them during center time. Print and laminate it or stick in a dry erase sleeve.
What to pair with the mat?
- Playing Cards
*number cards are included*
- Magnetic Numbers
- Expo Marker
- Dollar Spot Erasers
- Pom Poms