Place value mats are often used with the Golden Beads and Stamp Game to help organize the materials. I wanted something simple and easy but more than just paper. After a bit of thought I came up with this. I made two. The mats I got from the Dollar Store for $3 each. I already had the white acrylic paint (Dollar Store paint) and the fabric paint (Walmart) and the masking tape.
First I put the tape on the mat to define where the lines would go. Then I used the paint and a paint brush to paint a line down the edge of the tape on the carpet.
After that I used the fabric paint to write the numbers at the top and let dry. And voilà! All done.
Pumpkin 1 wanted to do an activity with the glass gems so I set up this. She wanted to do it over and over. I’d put some gems on the board. Then she’d have to add the right number bar. I’d write it on the chalkboard. She’d add the rest of the gems to equal 10 and the number bar and I’d write it on the chalkboard.