Working with sticks
Working with sticks can be an excellent tool to teach proportion in size. By playing around with the counters, several exercises can teach children which is larger or smaller or ascending and descending sizes. In this short post I’ll give a few examples.
Use sticks to arrange into sizes lengthwise. This teaches proportion:
Which is the biggest? Which is the smallest?
Pick the two smallest ones or Pick the 3 largest ones.
Other tasks are to place the sticks in ascending or descending order.
Sticks can then be used to make different shapes: triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon etc. This could be done with a set of pencil crayons or different sized lollipop sticks.
The next post will look at working with counters