Under the Cup
Each player has a cup and 5 beans. Take turns to hide the beans.
Everyone closes their eyes and Player 1 puts some beans on top of their cup and some underneath. Everyone opens their eyes and Player 1 says “I have ….beans on top of my cup. How many are hidden?” The other players work out how many and say how they know. Convince me that you’re right.
Encourage learners to visualise the beans under the cup. How many more do you need to make 5?
Using the 5-frames to help children to visualise.
- Take the beans from the top of the cup and put them on the frame and say how many more are needed to make 5.
2. Have the frame in front of learners but visualise the beans on it rather than actually move them.
3. Visualise the frame and the beans.
Use Numicon shapes in the same way as the frames to help visualise the problem.