Paper Plate Math Facts

Need a fresh new way to practice math facts?  Instead of worksheets, pull out the paper plates and clothespins!  This simple, hands-on math activity is perfect for your Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade child.  
Paper Plate Math Facts - this is a fun hands on math activity perfect for math center, homeschool, and to improve math fluency for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade

My kindergartner has recently been working on learning her math facts up to 5.  

To focus on addition facts +2, I put together this simple math activity that doubles as a busy bag.  

This is great math practice for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade to gain fluency when adding numbers.

Math Facts for Kids

Use it when you need a few minutes to prepare lunch, while working with another kiddo, or while you are traveling in the car.  It's super versatile and easy to put together.  

simple, hands on Math Facts for Kids using paper plates and clothespins

  • paper plate
  • clothespin
  • markers
You could write out a whole set of math facts on several paper plates, but we chose to work on +2.

In the middle of the paper plate, I wrote +2 and then around the paper plate I wrote the numbers 0-5.

Next, I prepped the clothespins by writing the sum of each math fact at the end of the clothespin.

With the paper plate prepped, you child will now be able to work on their math facts!

Your child will add 2 to each of the numbers around the paper pate: 2+2, 5+2, 1+2, 3+2, 0+2, 4+2 then clip the correct clothespin sum at that fact.

addition practice math activity for kids in kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade

Thus 2+2 is 4, so the clothespin with the number four on it will be clipped by the number 2.  4+2 is six, so the clothespin with the number 6 on the end will be clipped at the number 4.

Have your child continue clipping the sums around the paper plate until they have completed each math fact.

For an element of self correction, I wrote each sum in a different color marker and then drew a small circle o the back of the paper plate.

fun kids activities to improve math fluency, homeschool

Enjoy this simple, fun way to practice math facts!  Here's more hands-on ways to practice math facts!

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Beth Gorden
Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is a homeschooling mother of six who strives to enjoy every moment with her kids through hands-on learning, crafts, new experiences, and lots of playing together. Beth is also the creator and author of 123 Homeschool 4 Me where she shares 1000+ free printables, creative homeschool lessons, crafts, and other fun ideas to help preschool and homeschooling families have fun while learning and exploring together.