Sunshine Number Activity
This sun-themed math activity is just what you need to get your students practicing their math skills. It would be great in a math center for counting, addition, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor practice!
There is a color and black and white version for another printing option.
Once you have the counting game, there are a couple of options for you to choose from. First, there are suns with pictures of dominos in them. The students will use two colors of linking cubes to count and match the domino.
The next option is a building activity that shows one number. The student will use two colors of linking cubes to make a tower that equals that number.
The final option is a recording sheet for your students to write addition sentences to match the towers they created.
The activity for kids includes the numbers 1-10 and makes numbers and counting so much fun! Students will practice their counting skills and build fine motor skills in this fun activity with linking cubes.
Easy to Prep and Implement
The sun towers set includes multiple color game boards and a recording sheet. You will print the number-building activities out and slide them into a write and wipe pocket or laminate for durability; gather some linking cubes and pencils and begin playing!
No cutting, coloring, or gluing is required! From one print-out, your students will be practicing their number recognition, counting, one-to-one correspondence, and fine motor skills!
You might even be able to grade a couple of papers before your prep time is over with this no prep math activity!
Setting Up the Sun Number Activity
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- Sunshine Number Towers Math Activity (get it by clicking the button at the bottom of this post)
- 2 colors of linking cubes per student
- Write and wipe pockets (optional)
- Print the game board and recording sheets.
- Slide into write and wipe pockets for durability. You can also laminate it.
- Gather the linking cubes.
- Store in a large bag or storage container for easy access.
Playing the Sunshine Math Activity
The first version shows a sun with a domino inside of it. The students will use one color to create a tower on top of the left side of the domino and another color on the right side of the domino. Then, they will combine the two towers to make one cube tower.
Next, they will record the addition sentence they created. For example, the domino shows a 2 and a 5. They will make a tower with 2 yellows and a tower with 5 oranges. Then they will combine the tower to make one tower. They will, then, write the addition sentence 2+5=7.
The second version is similar but more complex by having them problem solve a little more. The sun shows a number, and the students will design a tower using 2 colors of cubes that add up to that number.
Then, they will write an addition sentence to match the tower that they built. For example, the sun has a 2 on it. The student would create a tower with 2 colors (1 orange and 1 yellow). Then, they would write the addition sentence to match (1+1=2).
More Ideas for the Number Towers Activity
Hands-on activities included are 2 versions to play for easy differentiation! These game boards could be used for a small group, math centers, a whole class activity, an after-school tutoring group, and so much more.
If your students aren’t ready to make addition sentences yet, you could use the sunshine board with just numbers and have them make towers with one color to just practice counting and one-to-one correspondence.
They could use playdough to create little suns to match each numbered sunshine piece to make the game more fun. Mini erasers would make a great manipulative for this idea, as well.
Students could also use different manipulatives like mini erasers, pom poms, or plastic flowers or bugs.
Early finishers would love to work together with a partner to build a tower for every sunshine. This could be completed quietly once they have finished their main math lesson. If you have a student looking for more practice, they could transfer their addition sentence into a ten frame to take it even further.
As you can tell, this free printable will be a hit with your students, and you better write it in your lesson plans today! Kindergarten students will love using snap cubes to build number towers and counting the blocks! You will love that they are practicing representing numbers and comparing numbers with these fun math number mats.
Click the button below to get the sun number towers math activity. Happy learning!