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 our results on these printables. Example: If we are working with 7 that day, I give them a cup of 7 cotton balls and they try to find all of the different ways to hide some of the "snowballs" in the "igloo", and have some showing. For 3 and 4, they would draw 3 circles in the igloo and 4 outside of the igloo and then write the corresponding numbers.
Enjoy! ~ bren in room 10