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
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
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.
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)
Math placemat with 2-row grid. Top row numbered 1-10 and bottom corresponding row is empty
To play the game, children will take 10 broad beans each. Each child will take turns to toss their broad beans.
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.