LadyBug Counters

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Teacher's never cease to amaze me! There is no limit to how hard a teacher will work to make learning fun!

I recently visited a classroom where the students were working on composing and decomposing numbers from 1 to 10.

This happens in kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms all over the country, right? No big deal.

But these kids weren't just counting with boring old counters on boring white ten frames!

They were counting with adorable little ladybugs that the teacher had created for her students out of lima beans! And they were counting on ten frames that looked like leaves. 

The teacher was giving the kids story prompts to create their math problem, such as, "Students, there were two little ladybugs that sat on a leaf waiting for their friends. Then 3 more ladybugs came and joined them....." 

The students had the best time in math that day and were not ready to see the ladybugs go!

You can create this adorable little ladybugs with red spray paint and a black permanent marker. The leaf ten frames were just created with leaf printouts, a black marker and laminated for future use. 

How fun is that?!?!

Do you have any creative math manipulatives that you would like to share?  We would love to hear about them!