Sandcastle Number MatsJuly 17, 2012 5:28 am Back to School, Crafts, Kid's Crafts, Paper Crafts, Printables, Summer, Techniques and Mediums
By Crafts for Learning Contributor, Danielle from the blog Crayonbox Learning.
Looking back fondly at my childhood, I spent countless family vacations at the ocean. Sandy beaches, collecting sea shells, splashing in the water, and playing games for hours with cousins was the inspiration for this project.
The Sandcastle Number Mats are simple to put together. The object of the Sandcastle Number Mat is to count out the correct number of starfish and place it on the mat. The design allows for a variety of different uses and skill sets. For example: uppercase and lowercase alphabet letters, simple math problems using the starfish for the answer, spelling words, etc.
- Number, Shape, Alphabet Stickers (optional)
- Permanent (Non-Bleed) Marker
- Download Sandcastle Template
- Download Starfish Template
1. Print out templates onto cardstock.
2. Affix number (alphabet, shape, or other) stickers to each mat. In the example, I used my computer to add the numbers onto the sandcastles. To add texture, I used a sandpaper background to flood fill the sandcastle image to give it the appearance of a real sandcastle. (A black and white template has been provided in case you prefer to color your own!) An option is to use a permanent marker to write on the sandcastle templates.
3. Cut out playing mats and starfish.
4. Laminate game pieces. Laminating after the items have been cut out provides a better seal around the cards.
5. Game is ready for play.