Mr. P. has really gotten into math since starting kindergarten, so I decided to use this Velcro number math block to help him practice his addition and subtraction. As he progresses, I can amend it to reflect multiplication and division.
1 wooden block
To start: print out numbers. I did two sets of digits 1 - 9 and one set of 10 - 20. Don't forget to include an addition, subtraction and equal sign.
Once your pieces are printed. Cut away! (If you have a fancy cutter or are fairly more anal retentive than I am, your squares will be equal on all sides.)
Laminating the squares is an option. It will allow for more wear and tear of the numbers. I laminated these at home, but if you don't have a laminator, you can get them done at any print place like Kinko's.
Next, take your wood block and sand it down if you need to.
Take your adhesive Velcro and pick one side to stick in 5 places onto the wood.
Cut and stick the other pieces of the Velcro on the backs of all of your numbers.
Check and make sure your numbers and addition / subtraction / equal signs will all fit nicely.
Now add and subtract to your heart's content!
I need to come up with some sort of storage container for all the numbers. I'll try and do that some time this week and get back to you!
I hope this tutorial adds up to a nice project for you and your kids! (Insert ridiculous laugh at making a most terrible pun here.)