Relief Teaching Ideas

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Number Sense Craftivity


– Students trace their hands, cut out & glue down onto A3 paper, except for the fingers!

They can then make sums to 10 by folding the fingers down & counting, and recording the sums underneath.

Older students can use this craft to learn the 9 times table finger trick!

Fold down the finger that you are multiplying 9 by (e.g. For 6×9 you would fold down the 6th finger). Count how many fingers are to the left of that folded down finger (5) & how many are to the right of that finger (4). That is your answer! 6 x 9 = 54!


I originally saw this idea on this page: but I didn’t have a cricut machine to make the hands.

Instead the kids trace their own hands to work with. I also decided to get them to record their sums underneath as a way to consolidate their learning.

17 thoughts on “Number Sense Craftivity

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  2. WOW! love this idea. Thanks heaps I will def be using in the classroom and will have to reblog as well. Such a simple yet effective idea 🙂

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  4. Thanks Denise, I used this with year 1/2 and it was a hit! Loved how hands-on (no pun intended!) it was 🙂 We combined the activity with singing the Friends of 10 song – a great lesson all-round!

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  6. Reblogged this on Using new technologies in language learning and commented:
    Great examples!
    I should think for more of these in my language teaching – cross curriculum connections with English and Maths 🙂

  7. another good way for children to learn basic maths is to use dice. They then get a ‘picture’ in their head for each number and find it much easier to add them together.

  8. I’m 67 years old and this is the first time I’ve ever seen the “multiply by 9” trick. Thanks for teaching an old dog a new trick. hahahaha

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  10. What an awesome idea. I have a 5 1/2 yr old this will really capture his imagination.

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