I developed this activity for a kindergarten teacher who wanted to introduce her students to the "syntax" and "grammar" of writing equations without the need for drill. She also wanted me to make it somewhat fun, AND include practice for fine motor skills, as well as practice writing numerals. Can you believe it, I packed this all into one activity? Yes, I did, and here it is.
Full disclosure: this is NOT a "drill your little kindergartners on addition and subtraction facts." Kindergartners are little kids, and little kids don't need to be "drilled" in anything. What they do need to learn is how to count, cut and arrange things in the right order, which is what this activity does, and it does so magnificently! You will not believe what kind of experts in scissor cutting your kids will become as they do this activity.
There are 17 different addition and 17 different subtraction equations for them to "cut 'n solve." No, they don't have to do all 17, but you never know, one of those charmers might be motivated to do all, what, 34? of them. So go ahead, let him/her do it.
One of the things you'll also notice is that the numbers are written out using a font that has dashed lines; you guessed it, this is so your little ones can get some practice writing out numbers by tracing them after they've pasted the equation together. How neat is that?
I've also included a set of blank sheets so you or they can make up their own equations up to 10. I've also made 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" cards that you can photocopy onto card stock and then use to model the equations on your blackboard (or whiteboard, or display board, or your projector, or whatever you use to show stuff to the entire class.)
As if this is not enough! I also included a 2 page rant about how to effectively use this activity so that your kids will definitely, absolutely learn things like "how to cut along the dotted line," and "why the equals sign can go on the left side or the right side of the equation." You'll love this as much as your kids do, and you can hang up the finished pieces int the hallway, laminate them, and even send them home to the families to put on the refrigerator door. I can't imagine anything else I would love more