Looking for a way to help your students better understand addition? These cute caterpillars allow students to use manipulatives to create addition number sentences. Each caterpillar has a number on it which shows how many "legs" (or clothespins) the student puts on. Then he/she picks a card and adds the "legs" to the caterpillar. Next he/she counts all of the clothes pins to find the total. Finally, the student can write the number sentence on the recording sheet provided.
Both color and black and white options are included.
This center uses numbers 1 through 10. (You could remove all of the numbers above 5 for beginners or struggling students.)
Print desired caterpillars (black and white or colored) and number cards. Laminate for durability and cut out. Copy recording sheets and gather enough clothespins for your center.
The student picks one caterpillar and pins the correct number of clothespins on the caterpillar. Next, the student draws one number card and adds that number of clothespins. Then the student counts the total number of clothespins on the caterpillar. Finally, the students can write the number sentence on the corresponding caterpillar on the recording page. Students place the caterpillar in a discard pile (there is only one space on the recording page for each caterpillar).
Option: I have included a second recording sheet if you want students to be able to reuse the caterpillars. I included to pages like this so that they can be copied front to back to give more opportunities for practice.