Monday, 2 March 2015

Glass pebble number activity


I found mathematics quite boring as a child so I really want to make it more fun for my children. We have done a few creative maths activities before such as this one but I'm always trying to think of new ideas. Glass pebbles are a great resource. They are cheap and the children find them fun to play with. They are very versatile and can be used in many play activities in different ways.

This activity is simple to set up and uses few supplies. First, I cut 10 small rectangles out of card and wrote a number from 1 to 10 on each one. Next, I placed a tub of glass pebbles on the table next to an A4 piece of paper. I placed one of the number cards down and asked D to make the shape of the number with the pebbles on the paper. You can ask your child to chose the next number once they've finished the first one.


Here they are getting stuck in to this activity.


D creates a number 2.


I gave R the number 1 to try and create as I thought it would be easy for him to copy a straight line.


Not entirely sure what R was trying to make here!

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  1. Great post, That's a great activity, especially to get them playing about with numbers and shapes! xo

  2. I like this idea, wonder if I could try it on my children

  3. Aww this is a fab idea! Oscar loves numbers so I'm definitely going to try this with him when he's a bit bigger :D

    Louise x

    With love from Lou

  4. What a brilliant idea, i loved doing things like this with my boys when they was younger. Great post. X

  5. I was always really bad at maths. This is a great way to teach your kids maths. I always think learning should be fun x

    1. Absolutely, children will be more engaged if its fun.

  6. excellent idea, such a simple yet educational twist on playtime with marbles, fab! - love the "1" haha!

    1. Yes, I've never seen a 1 like that before! lol

  7. Little man loves playing with pebbles, so I can see him enjoying this activity! x


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