Add a Bead!
Is your child grappling with addition facts? Mastering the concept of numbers is such a troublesome task in itself that it can be very difficult to introduce math equations without perplexing him. Don't fret! It can be done painlessly with this simple, hands-on addition equation board. Using just cardboard, string and beads, your child will be able to physically create equations and visually count the beads until he becomes proficient at addition facts.
What You Need:
- Cardboard (approximately 8” x 11”)
- Elastic string
- 10 or more beads
What You Do:
- Write "+" and "=" signs horizontally across the long side of the cardboard with spaces in front of and after both signs.
- String beads on the elastic, then tie it around the long side of the board.
- Encourage your child to move the beads along the elastic to illustrate number sentences as he says them out loud. For example, the equation "2 + 3 = 5" would be depicted on the equation board as two beads in front of the plus sign, three beads after the plus sign, and five beads after the equal sign.
Always remember: with math facts, repetition and memorization are crucial. Try combining this teaching aid with number lines and other math games to make struggles with addition facts a thing of the past!