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Cupcake Math Activity

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! This Cupcake Math Activity is such a fun hands on math game.

Cupcake Sums - FUN, hands on math game to help preschool, prek, kindergarten, and first grade students practice addition with hands on manipulatives

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

Cupcake Math Activity

This is such a simple to set-up and fun math activity. Cupcake Math Activity is a hands on math activity that is bound to make practicing addition fun.
pom pom math manipulative hand on math actiivty for kindergarten, first grade

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!

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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 activity for kids

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?

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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.com about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.

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