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Counting Necklace

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Counting Necklace

Good math activities stimulate the mind, simultaneously providing kids with fun and a love for learning. And this number activity does just that, for many different ages and levels. From learning to count, to multiplication, and everything in between, this fun math craft will no doubt be a hit in your classroom!
number necklace     counting necklace

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  1. Cut a piece of string for each child, larger than the circumference of his head. Tie one bead to the end to stop beads from falling off.
  2. There are many ways to string the beads and buttons; depending on what your class is learning, choose the appropriate method or come up with your own:
  • Preschool- Counting objects: Have children string one bead, and then one button as a separator. Now have them count 2 beads, string them, and then a button. Alternatively, skip the button separator, and use a different color bead for each number. (Ex- 1 red bead, 2 orange beads etc.) Continue until students have completed all numbers they are comfortable with.
  • Grades 1-3- Counting in segments: If your students are learning or practicing to count by 5's, 10's etc. then this fun math activity will drill it in! For example, if they are learning to count by 5's, have them string 4 beads and put a button for the 5th. Repeat until desired number is reached. Then do a fun classroom activity, by having each child hold up his/ her necklace and silently count the beads, but chant the number of that button represents aloud. (ex- "5, 10,15...")
  • Grades 3-4- Multiplication: Use this fun math activity to introduce the concept of multiplication. Divide the class into pairs or groups and give each group a number to count by for their necklaces. Have them place a button between the beads as separators, or use a different color for each set of number (ex: 4 reds, 4 yellows...) Now ask students to tell you how many beads are in each group, how many groups of beads there are, and how many beads in all. So, for example, if they worked with number 4, and made 7 groups,  they will be able to deduce you that 7 groups of 4 equal 28!    
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Level of Difficulty:
level 1
Estimated Time:
30 minutes
Build These Skills:
  • Hand- eye coordination
  • Fine motor skills
  • Counting
  • Multiplication readiness
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