My kinders just love playing a game that I call "Snowballs in the Igloo". This is a super fun way to practice decomposing during those long winter months!
Using the cheapest math manipulatives in the world:) (cotton balls and a cup), we explore all the variations of making 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and record results on these printables. Example: If we are working with 7 that day, I give students a cup of 7 cotton balls and they try to find all of the different ways to hide some of the "snowballs" under the "igloo", and have some showing. They then record on the printable. For example for 3 cotton balls under the cup and 4 showing students would would record their results on the printable by drawing 3 circles in the igloo and 4 circles outside of the igloo and then write the corresponding numbers.
Enjoy! ~ bren in room 10