Counting straws on the sticky board in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 30, 2012

in Counting Straws, Mathematics

I like exploring other ways we can use the “sticky table” idea and this week I covered my flannel board with clear contact paper (sticky side out) and we used it to try a little straw counting in circletime…

Each of the children selected a couple of straws and were invited to add their straws to our sticky board…

Once all the straws were added we counted them all together…

Then during center time, the board and straws were set out so the children could stop by and make other designs with the straws on the sticky board…

The nice thing about using a sticky table or a sticky board to explore straws is that the straws don’t roll off. The straws stick pretty firmly to the contact paper making it easy to place the straws where you like and keep them in place…

We had both straight straws and just the “bendable” ends of straws available during our center time for creating sticky board designs…

The children added to the board throughout the day…

I have been asked where I got these bright colored straws. You can purchase these bright colors from Meijer or you can find them on Amazon – see links below…

Super simple and fun idea!
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1 Pamela Courtney January 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Wonderful, Wonderful idea! I’ll suggest this to staff for their learning centers and group time engagement. Love it!

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

I love it when folks share!! Thanks for sharing:)

3 Nadine January 30, 2012 at 8:08 pm

This is great to use in a theme on the 5 senses for touch!!! Love it!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

Yes – it is!

5 Esther January 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Great idea! Don’t know whether I sound silly! Where do we get the contact paper?

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 31, 2012 at 12:39 am

You can get clear contact paper from most department stores or even the Dollar store sometimes carries it. It comes in rolls – often found in the craft or kitchen section of a store. Look for the clear contact paper.

7 Amy M January 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE this idea. Thanks so much for sharing.

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