Spider Count and Cover Mats
Are you looking for a fun, differentiated way for the kids to learn counting, number recognition and number sense? These count and cover mats are perfect for you!
They require no-prep other than printing and slipping into write and wipe pockets or laminating. No cutting involved.
I even made them in color AND black and white so that those of you who can’t print in color will still be able to use them.
They would be a great addition to your Halloween or for a bug theme lesson plans.
Even better, they are differentiated for the different needs of your students. Some students can work on numbers 1-5, others can work on 1-10, and your more advanced group can use the 11-20 mats.
There are mats with numbers, ten frames, and twenty frames.
Students can also work with a buddy or on their own while using these fun count and cover mats.
Add in fine motor work by having students use kid-safe plastic tweezers to move the mini erasers to the spaces on the mats.
There won’t be a lot of space for 15+ manipulatives in each of these spaces so students will either need to stack their manipulatives or you can use a manipulative with the teen numbers written on it. I used these these 1 inch circle counters. I wrote a number on each one and they matched them up. You could also use foam tiles and write the numbers on them, number tiles or number magnets.
Another fun way to use them is as counting tower mats. Students will use linking cubes or LEGO blocks to make a tower that corresponds to the number space they are working on. When it comes to teen numbers, students get a kick out of making towers that high. Plus, there is the added benefit of developing fine motor skills.
Setting Up the Count and Cover Mats
- The spider count and cover mats (button to download is at the bottom of this post)
- Spider mini erasers or another small manipulative
- Write and wipe pockets or laminator
Simply print the mats and slip them into a write and wipe pockets. You can also laminate them instead.
Using the Spider Count and Cover Mats with Your Students
Students will look at a space on the mat and then count out the same number of mini erasers to that space on the mat.
This will continue until they fill all of the spaces on the mat.
These spider count and cover mats are perfect for morning work tubs, math centers, or math rotations. They could even work well for small group instruction.
I hope your kids enjoy them!
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