I use this mat in my math center. The center includes pipe cleaners and beads. Each pipe cleaner has a number tag at the top. This center not only teaches quantities and number recognition but also works on fine motor skills. The students must match quantity to the number on the flag. For example: the flag on the pipe cleaner has the number 5 on it, the student must put 5 beads on the pipe cleaner. This mat is used for those students who have mastered or almost mastered number recognition and are not working on quantities. They use the mat to help them before placing the beads on the pipe cleaners.