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Math can be the source of so many tears for kids. I never liked it much growing up, so I have always tried hard to keep the tears out of math in our home as much as possible. One way I do that is by doing a lot of hands-on learning to lighten the mood with math. We have quite a few math games & apps. I also make a lot of math games for the kids. We tried out some hands-on math wheels this week and the kids thought it was the coolest!
What are Math Wheels?
I have seen people make different printable math wheels before, but I wanted it to be a real thing, not a worksheet. Real, hands-on learning things that you touch and do last in your mind a lot longer. I remembered my hat knitting looms and thought they would be a perfect way to try it out! I grabbed the looms and different colors of yarn and just brought them to the kitchen table. I told the kids we were just making pretty patterns.
We tied the yarn on to the peg to hold in place. Then I told them to pick a number between one and ten and to count by that number around the circle. Then wrap the yarn around the peg as you get to it. They loved the patterns they were creating. They liked going around the wheel once and then switching numbers and doing it again to make a new pattern.
What I loved about this little activity was that the kids were having so much fun and wanting to do it again. You can really challenge them and make them count up as they go. The looms are not even numbers, so the patterns do not alway match up perfectly, but I thought it made them a lot prettier!
The other thing I loved about this was that I didn’t have to make anything. We have had these hat looms for a long time and I have tons f yarn hanging around. After we finished the math wheels, the kids both decided to learn how to make hats! Perfect!!