Monday, October 13, 2014

Tally Marks Math Busy Bag & Light Table Activity

Math is constantly happening at our house. And right now, tally marks, as well as skip counting by obscure numbers, have been hugely popular. Decimals too, but I have yet to find a suitable activity for my math-loving five year old to cover that topic! Anyway, the simple tally marks elementary math tray that I assembled was a hit and spurred more tally marks love in our house. So I came up with this simple math busy bag idea to further explore tally marks. We ended up using it in a variety of ways.

Tally marks craft sticks - a simple math busy bag activity for elementary kids from And Next Comes L

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Tally Marks Math Busy Bag Idea for Kids

To put this math busy bag together, I used:

I wrote individual numbers on the clothespins (0-9). I made two of each for most of the numbers. I did not do two eights or two nines because I wasn't about to draw up to 99 tallies on one craft stick. That would be crazy. And I'm not that crazy.

As for the craft sticks, I drew tally marks for the numbers 10-35. Or in other words, I drew enough tallies to make me cross-eyed and to deplete my supply of craft sticks.

Tally marks math busy bag for elementary kids from And Next Comes L

One way to play with these tally mark sticks is to organize them in numerical order, like below. J loved doing this both vertically and horizontally. He also organized them by skip counting by fives (10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35) and by tens (10, 20, 30).

Tally marks math busy bag for elementary kids: Arranging tally marks in numerical order from And Next Comes L

Another way to play with the tally marks sticks is to count the tallies and clip on the corresponding number using the clothespins.

Skip counting practice for elementary kids using a simple tally marks math busy bag from And Next Comes L

Practicing fine motor skills with a tally marks math busy bag from And Next Comes L

Practicing fine motor skills with a tally marks math busy bag from And Next Comes L

Tally marks math busy bag for kids is a great way to practice skip counting and work on fine motor skills from And Next Comes L

We also played a number scavenger hunt. I'd simply call out a number and then J would hunt for the matching craft stick.

Tally Marks Light Table Activity for Kids

Finally, J asked to put them on the light table. J would pick a tally mark craft stick and then count out the corresponding number of items. He used acrylic pumpkins and acorns from the dollar store. It is fall after all!

Using the tally marks math busy bag on the light table to practice counting from And Next Comes L

Using the tally marks math busy bag on the light table to practice counting from And Next Comes L

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Simple math busy bag for elementary kids to practice math concepts such as skip counting and tally marks from And Next Comes L
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2 comments:

  1. I love everything about this, Dyan! We've been doing a bit with tally charts lately. I've also been gathering ideas for busy bags. This is perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Ann! It's so simple isn't it?

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