Broad Bean Math

by Ms Low Siew Hong


Make simple counters using broad beans

Skill Level: Intermediate

Suitable For: 5-6 years old

Estimated Time: > 30 mins

Environment: Indoors

Learning Framework

  • Physical - Fine motor skills (painting), hand-eye coordination

  • Intellectual - Concentration, math concepts of counting, comparing and addition conservation of numbers, number bonds

  • Emotional - Self confidence, taking a challenge, perseverance

  • Social - Turn taking, helping others


Step 1

Paint one side of the 10 broad beans in white and let it dry on the newspaper. If you wish to, you may paint the other side red, if not, leave it as green.

Step 3

After each toss, they will count how many are green and how many are white as they line them in the boxes along the grid on the place mat.

  • 20 broad beans

  • Any 2 colours of acrylic paint e.g. red and white

  • 2 paint brushes (for each colour)

  • Newspapers

  • Math placemat with 2-row grid. Top row numbered 1-10 and bottom corresponding row is empty

Step 2

To play the game, children will take 10 broad beans each. Each child will take turns to toss their broad beans.

Step 4

To document, they will colour in the number of red and white circles accordingly on the worksheet and record the numerals. The children will learn that different numbers add up to 10. Use a Ziploc bag to store the counters for future use.

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