I love my Cricut machine and try to find ways to just use it! I saw an idea in one of my Mailbox magazines and rather than using the blackline masters that were in the magazine, I whipped out my Cricut machine and made my own version!
The math mats I made can be used in many different ways. Here is how I used them with my little one:
Bee & Flower Clip Game
She matched the Bee Number Clip to the Number on the Flower Petals.
(She got a little frustrated because she had a hard time opening up the clothespins.)
Bee & Flower Counting Mats
We identified the numbers and then used bee counters to cover up the flower. I decided to put some magnetic strips on the bees so that it became a Cookie Sheet Math game! =) She was even role playing a "teacher"! =)
It was much more fun for her that way, but it can be used as an ordinary math mat- which is how I will probably use it in my preschool classroom next school year!
Math Counting Mats with Flower Erasers:
I also remembered these play-doh math mats from Home School Creations, that I had used in many different ways in the classroom. I had her use our mini flower erasers instead of play-doh to play and count.
Click here or on the picture for a link to the Home School Creations blog and for your own FREE copy of these versatile math counting mats.
Flower Number Order:
I wanted to do some work on identifying the numbers and the order of the numbers. So I made some counting cards, up to number 10.
Click here for your own copy!
I helped her to put them in order and once they were all lined up, she grabbed her My Little Pony toys and did some one-to-one correspondence work- all on her own!
It was a proud momma moment! I guess she wanted to see just how many My Little Pony toys she had!