Here is something I have learned about kindergarteners and kids in general . . . engaging them often means using real life objects in new and interesting ways. So when it was time to think about community helpers and math stations, I wanted something that was hands on and would hold my students’ interest. (differentiate by readiness, learning profile or . . . INTEREST!)
The key?. . . KEYS!!!
They select a card, write the number in the box, sort out that many keys onto the tens frames mat and write the numbers that come after. You can differentiate it based on your students readiness. Numbers 1-10 for your students still at that beginning number recognition stage, or 1-20 for students are working beyond that.
Now get out there and get some keys to play with already.