Slide your way into math success in the new year with a fun math activity featuring homemade number sliders your students will love! This hands-on math craft is easy to put together and helps little ones practice a wide variety of math concepts, from place value to patterns and number sequences. Read on to learn how your students can make their own number sliders and use them to practice math skills!
Are you looking for a math manipulative tool that will help you and your little ones explore elementary math concepts in a new way this year? These number sliders have you covered! Easy to make and requiring only a handful of supplies, you and your students will have a lot of fun putting these number sliders together and using them to practice basic addition and subtraction, place value, and more.
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Here is what you will need to make this math craft:
First, decide how many panels you would like your number sliders to have. We recommend two, three, or four panels. The number of panels you choose will depend on the types of math concepts you want your students to practice, such as three- or four-digit place value.
Once you choose how many panels your number sliders will have, cut out equal strips from a sheet of construction paper using a pencil, a ruler, and scissors. These will be your panels.
Next, label each panel with a set of consecutive numbers. You can use the same set of numbers on each panel or different number sets. As an option, you may want to laminate the panels and write the numbers on them with a dry erase marker. This way you can reuse the panels to practice with different sets of numbers.
Then, make the frame for the number panels to slide through. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw evenly spaced dashes where you intend to cut slits in the paper. Students can also decorate this page with a descriptive label.
Use a pair of scissors to cut slits in the paper along the dash marks you made in the previous step. It can be helpful to pinch the paper together between your fingers to help you cut along the dash marks.
If you decide to laminate your number panels, also laminate the frame to create a totally reusable craft. Either way, weave the number panels into the frame to complete the number slider.
Now your students can use the number sliders to practice a variety of math concepts!
Here are a few different ways you and your students can use number sliders to practice math concepts:
These are just a few ideas for using number sliders to practice math skills in your classroom or at home. The possibilities are endless! If you try out this math craft with your students, be sure to let us know how it goes and which math skills you practiced together. Drop us a line in the comment section below. We love hearing from you!
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