Cover a large box with white paper and cut a hole (for a mouth) in it. Have children help you draw eyes, a nose, and other facial features to make a Math Monster. Next, on index cards write numerals and place them in a pile. Have children practice their counting skills by drawing an index card from your pile, reading the numeral, and feeding the monster the correct number of Skittles, raisins, or cheerios. Arrrgh!! If your students are working on simple addition or subtraction, you might choose to reinforce that skill by writing number sentences on the index cards and following the same procedure above.
Note: If you can collect enough boxes, provide one for each child and let children create their own Math Monsters.
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