Here’s a simple math manipulative for kids who are learning to add and subtract!
Owen is in kindergarten, but he wants to have a math assignment every day just like his brothers. He reminds me if I forget! I made him this “calculator” by stringing pony beads onto a pipe cleaner. Large beads glued onto the ends keep the pony beads from falling off.
The pipe cleaner provides enough friction with the beads that it’s easy for young kids to set up their math problem without the beads sliding around.
2 beads + 8 beads… slide them together and it’s 10 beads!
I love a simple solution!