This is a counting mat that can be used in a couple of ways.
1. The teacher puts manipulatives on the mat and asks the student how many objects there are. The students drag each object down to cover a number (in order) and tells the teacher know how many there are.
2. The teachers asks the student to put __ number of objects in the circle. The student covers the numbers to reach the number of objects asked for and then puts them in the circle.
(My fellow teacher friend, Judy, has been using a similar mat in her room for the past year. She says the kids love it!)