Mathematical concepts and sums can be hard for some learners. Using manipulatives to practice sums can definitely help. Hands-on learning activities like these "cupcake sums" are not only fun, but work on fine motor skills AND mathematical concepts!

The setup for these cupcake sums are very simple. You will need:

## Cupcake Math Activity

Write sums in the cupcake liners. (My 7 year old is learning about combinations of 9 and that is why we only have these sums.) You can write down any sum, keeping in mind the size of the liner and pompoms-30 pompoms won't fit.

Now, let the learning begins!

Use the tweezers to count out the number of pompoms needed as per the sum. Add the next number and then count them all together. You can do this in conjunction with a worksheet, writing down the answers on the worksheet.

Fine motor skills are also at work here, together with the counting of the pompoms. The colors of the pompoms makes this activity inviting and so does the name of the activity: cupcake sums, don't you think?

A very simple setup for a maths center activity or to help with homework after school. Playing while learning and having fun!

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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at Teach Me Mommy about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher. Follow along on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and Twitter.

##### 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.