These Spider Math mats are helpful learning tools for allowing children to practice counting, identifying numerals as well as creating and comparing sets in a variety of settings.
Ways to Learn with your Spider Math Mats:
1) Free Exploration:
To promote learning in your students through free exploration with the math mats, provide each child with a spider math mat and a container full of spiders. Let them play with the spiders and put them on the board as they wish and then lead their learning with appropriate questions:
Oh, there are a lot of spiders on your web. How many spiders are there?
Are there more spiders on your web, or on Johnny’s board?
How many more spiders do you think will fit on that web? Let’s put them on and see if they fit.
2) A Multi-Player game:
Taking Turns Placing Spiders on the Webs: Give each child a spider mat and a set number of spiders (such as 10 or 20). Students take turns rolling the dice and putting the coordinating number of spiders on the mat. If you want a child to win, let the first player to get rid of all of their spiders the winner. Another possibility instead of dice is having the students draw number cards to show how many spiders to put on.
To assess students’ understanding of numbers, ask them to put a certain number of spiders on the web, and check their work for accuracy. Check their counting (for assessment) and work together to correct if necessary.
4) Writing Numerals:
A step further in the developmental numeration process is to provide students with pieces of paper or sticky-backed notes to write down the number of how many manipulatives are on each board. This can be done either in a structured group game, or during free play.
You can also use these mats with play dough!