I always look for easy-prep activities to do with my 4 year old. Being a mom to another toddler (1.5 years) as well as being a wife of a workaholic I always struggle with finding enough time to put together activities to practice skills that we learn everyday. Also being the selective 4 year old that D is, sometimes activities are a hit and sometimes a miss, a wasted effort. So I normally am very cautious when putting together activities and make sure that they can be re-used at least one more time in another way, just so I feel better! I just don't want to print, cut or laminate for it to be used only once!
As you know from my pom-pom post, we've been working on our number facts up to 10. As I was looking through Pinterest the other day I came across this cute pumpkin activity and what a great way to practice addition facts! The down side was that I had to get those pumpkins or some kind of container, both not in my school supply stock! Spindle Box was one item that I did not buy and one of the earliest items that I made and we've used a variety of counters to practice counting, but it hasn't been used in a long time and was collecting dust! So I decided to put together this activity quickly.
I already had the spindle box, so all I did was write the equation of the sums corresponding to each slot on popsicle/craft sticks.
To help with computing until she masters the facts, I made this cool bead counter, that is similar to "10" in the RightStart Abacus.
I came across this idea here and you can even find a you tube video of the tutorial to make this cool counter there. I used some large wooden beads and lacing string to make this. This neat counter is the point of interest for this activity and "I" am the control of error!