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Addition and Subtraction Activity

This page includes an addition and subtraction activity for preschool children.

Using Clothespins to Teach Addition and Subtraction

It is sometimes very difficult to teach abstract concepts to preschool children. Because before the age of 6, they are not able to learn the abstract concepts. So if you want to teach some abstract things to your preschool child, you should materialise or objectify the concepts.

Math is one of these abstract concepts. It would not be that easy to teach addition and subtraction to your child unless you objectify the concepts and make them concrete.

There are lots of ways to make numbers concrete. For example abacus is one of them. This activity we are going to present you is one of the very fun and practical activities about mathematics. Let’s get started. 😊

Required Materials

  • Paper bags
  • Clothespins
  • Marker pen
  • Coloured cardboards

How to do it?

Firstly cut circle shapes away from the cardboards and paste them on two paper bags. One is for the additions, the other one is fort he subtractions (you can use sticky notes so it would easily be stuck on and taken out to vary the mathematical operations).

Then write some operations on the circles.

Now it is ready! Your child should recognize the numbers and pin as many clothespin as it is written down there, to the handle of the bag. Then he/she should add up or subtract through counting the clothespins and write the result down on the bag. That’s it! 😊

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This activity would be very helpful for your child to learn the mathematical operations easily since abstract concepts of mathematics were materialised for preschool children.

And also attaching and taking out the clothespins is also useful for the motor skills. So this activity is very practical, easy to prepare at home and very educational for your preschool child. Hope you enjoy it. 😊

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