It's no secret that teachers love mini erasers, maybe almost as students do. I get so many questions from teachers about how to store mini erasers and what to do with them. We all know that they make counting fun, but there's so much more that can be done!
They can be used for alphabet activities, beginning sounds activities, numbers and counting, and more. So I wanted to put together some mini eraser freebies for kindergarten to show you what else you can do with them!
The activities I'm sharing in this blog post were designed to go with the mini erasers currently found in the dollar section at Target. If you don’t have mini erasers, you can use plastic math cubes or whatever you have in your classroom.
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Taco Bout Numbers:
Students will identify the number on the mat and count out that many mini erasers and place them on the mat. This activity only focuses on numbers to five, so it's perfect for the beginning of the year in Kindergarten. If you don't have mini erasers, you can snap cubes or other manipulatives in your classroom.
You can add some fun chunky tweezers to this activity as well. It's a great way to incorporate some fine motor and it stretches the activity just a bit!
Letters, Numbers, and Shapes:
Were you able to grab some of those letters, numbers and shapes? This activity is perfect for them! Students will sort mini erasers by letters, numbers, and shapes.
If you weren't able to grab all three, and find that you're missing the letters, numbers, or the shapes – don't worry. You can cut this mat apart and just use the parts you do have. Maybe your students will just sort numbers and letters or shapes and numbers. And that's okay!
Roll. Say. Cover. Repeat.
This mini erase activity works with any shape (or use plastic math cubes). Again, you can add tweezers in for some fine motor practice.
Students will roll a dot cube, say the letter name in the corresponding column and cover it. They will roll the dot cube again and repeat. If they roll the same number again, they will say the next letter in the column and cover it. They will continue to play until all of the spaces have been covered.
This activity is a partner game, but can also be played independently.
Players will need a dot cube and 20 manipulatives (game pieces) to cover their board. Each player will need their own game mat. Before the game begins, players will place each of their 20 game pieces on their game mat, one per white circle.
To decide which player begins the game, players will take turns rolling the dot cube once. The player who rolls the larger number goes first.
To Play: Players will take turns rolling the dot cube and counting to determine the number they rolled. They will remove that many game pieces from their game board. Players will continue to take turns rolling and removing until a player removes all of their game pieces.
To remove all of the game pieces, the player must roll the exact number needed. For example, if a player has two left on their game board, they must roll a two to win the game.
For more hands-on activities like this, check out this back to school blog post. What do you use mini erasers for? I'd love to hear your ideas!
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