As if I wasn't getting crafty enough with the Rekenreks and Listening Phones last time, I thought I would throw out another little tutorial for you all. This time for a number-line made from a paint stir stick. It's a fast one, I promise :)
So here's what you'll need for each number line you'll be making:
~a paint stir stick (you can usually get them for free at Lowe's or Home Depot if you ask the paint counter)
~a drill with a 1/32 drill bit
~craft paint in whatever color you like and a paint brush
~my number line template (or you can just write your numbers on there when you're done if you would rather)
~Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish Mod Podge)
~a strong glue (I used E6000 glue)
First of all, drill a hole in each end towards the top. Just be careful to not drill too close to the corner or your stick will split.
It should look something like this.
Then paint the stir stick whatever color you want. I had to do two coats of paint because, as you can see, the print on the stir stick was still visible after one coat.
Then, simply cut the template, paint some Mod Podge on and stick the template to the Mod Podge (since it acts as a glue). I also did a second coat of the Mod Podge to seal it up so it would last a long while. Then I just added the bead to the pipecleaner, put the pipecleaner through each hole, glue each end of the pipecleaner to the back to secure and done!!
We actually used these in my class when we played our Count Your Stones game. Some of the kiddos had difficulties with counting on so, when they drew a card, they could move the bead to that number on the number line and it helped them see where to start.
Want to try the game yourself? You can find it here:
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