Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads

The girls like to do the counting and math pages. This time we did something different we used water beads in our counting.

Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads - 3 Dinosaurs

I like that these mats and flexible and can be using many different ways. There is always something fun about doing math and counting hands on. In the pack there are always something you can cut out and count, but giving them a hands on sensory when doing math is fun. Using water beads is just fun. The girls looked forward to doing the counting as soon as they saw what we would be doing.

What you need: apple counting and math mats from the Apple Pack, sheet with math problems and red water beads.

Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads - 3 Dinosaurs

I use 3 different math mats when we doing this activity. Each of the girls has something they are working on. This is a fun way to work on a skill with everyone doing the same thing but different levels.

My oldest gets subtraction. She counts out the beads from the biggest number. Then takes the small number away from her beads to get her answer.

Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads - 3 Dinosaurs

My middle gets addition. She puts both numbers on the page and adds the total up.

Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads - 3 Dinosaurs

My youngest gets counting. She hands a stack of numbers and she goes through and counts.

Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads - 3 Dinosaurs

They love doing hands on activities when they can. This is fun and can be done easy.

If you want more apple activities and printables check them all out:

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About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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17 Responses to Apple Counting and Math with Water Beads

  1. Missy says:

    What a good idea for using water beads! I’ve pinned this 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    I found your post through the Blogging Homeschoolers Facebook page.

  2. This is a really lovely idea, thanks so much for sharing this. I will be pinning this on my Pinterest board!

  3. Jolanthe says:

    I’m thinking at some point I need to invest in water beads. 🙂

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  5. Kim says:

    I am unable to download this even with the free pdf download. Is there a staight to pdf download without having to download the pdf writer?


  6. Allison says:

    Love that you used water beads. What a fun idea. I’ll be featuring this on The Sunday Showcase this weekend. Thanks for linking up!

  7. I LOVE water beads! What a fun way to use your fabulous printable, Cassie! I featured your post and photo in my Fall Activities with Water Beads post today:

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