I saw an idea recently in a magazine which was to have numbers on cones and showing the children how to run from one number to the next to teach proper numeric order. As I was thinking about idea, but combined with the fact that I didn’t want to have to invest in a new specific product, I decided to use plastic bottles instead. I further decided to use them to teach the value of the numeric symbol. Here’s what I did-and it didn’t take long and best of all-it was free!
10 plastic bottles
10 Post-It and a marker
45 dowels (I had them from another manipulative set)
Simply collect the bottles, wash and allow them to dry. Drop in the appropriate number of dowels and apply the Post-Its with the number written on them.
I currently am thinking I can use this in various ways:
1-Use the cone method that they were originally created for;
2-Teach the symbolic symbol for the numeric value by pouring out the dowels and counting them and showing how many of something is in that bottle;
3-Introduce the value of zero;
4-Remove the Post-Its and have children count out the number of dowels inside and then apply the appropriate Post-It.
I am sure there are more ways to utilize this very easy manipulative. What other creative ways do you see using this?