Base ten rods are very useful for teaching children about place value. They can also be used in making operations (like addition and subtraction) concrete. While base ten rods are not terribly expensive, I needed two sets, I wanted them now, and I already had the materials to make them. Plus, we made them out of sparkly beads which makes them that much more fun to use.
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You will need:
* Pipe cleaner we used sparkly gold that we got from the $1 store
* Beads of two colors
Cut the pipe cleaner in half
Slide the bead onto the pipe cleaner so that it is close to the end
Bend the end of the pipe cleaner
Add nine more beads to the pipe cleaner
To finish, fold the end over the last bead and into the second to last bead. Push until it’s as tight as you want it.
Stand back and be proud.
Use the other color bead for the ones place when solving problems.
We made two sets of different colors so that Grace and Ben can each have there own set. This decreases fighting and makes it easier for me to know who needs to clean up if I find beads on the floor.
This project probably took me about 30 minutes-45 minutes because my children were helping me. As with most things, I could have gotten it done in half the time if I didn’t have my helpers. However, my children got practice in: practical life, fine motor skills and counting to 10. Plus we made something that we will use for years to come.