Monday, February 14, 2011

Math Manipulative: Bean Counters {TUTORIAL}

It is so nice to be back on a schedule finally. While vacations are times to relax and enjoy, there still is a certain amount of stress involved in the planning, and there usually is (to some degree) a chaotic element to them. I think that this time, even my kids were happy to be back on a routine. My daughter even asked to do school this weekend!

So one of the activities we decided to do was make bean counters to help her as she began learning about number placement. Here's a quick and simple activity that most children can do on their own with minimal parental involvement...


Beans (we used lima beans!)
Wood sticks/tongue depressors

1) Primero, gather your supplies...

2) Then you lay down a bead of glue on a stick.

3) Count out ten (10) beans.

4) Carefully attach the beans to the stick, and allow to dry.

5) Repeat steps 2 through 4, nine more times until you have ten (10) sticks each with ten (10) beans.

6) For learning time, count out nine (9) loose beans so that your child can learn to count the higher numbers.

Con mucho cariño...


  1. Cute! Thank you for the idea!

  2. Great idea! I am just getting started with my homeschooling blog. This is perfect for what my 4 year old is working on.

  3. Great! And it is a manipulative that will serve him well through 1st grade when discussing place value and such.

    Keep in touch, Elaine, and share your discoveries with us!

  4. What a great exercise. I added info about this with a link to your blog on my site and will tell the Head Start families that I work with about it. Thank you!


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