Lots of my children are very kineasthetic learners and so I have used sensory tubs to practice our counting. Currently in our tubs are corn starch beads used in packaging boxes. Amongst these beads are hidden 20 zoo animals. (These were chosen because of our current construction of a zoo.) The children love to search through the tub and find the animals. I also have some laminated cards with numbered squares up to 20 to assist them in counting. The children can place an animal in each square, which assists with 1 to 1 correspondence and numeral recognition as well as engaging in conversations about how many have been found and how many are left to find.
The use of these tubs is endless and I will post more ideas as we use them in the classroom.
Some of the Learning Statements covered include-
Early Maths Understandings
Fine Motor Skills
Active Learning Processes
Reading and Viewing