DIY – All About Number ___ Board


2 Pinterest inspired ideas collide for a great MATH concepts board! Tailor to fit any grade level, any concept. The options are endless with your creativity!

Items to Gather:

  • oil drip pan (in stores in automotive)
  • colored (or white) art/butcher paper on a roll
  • scrapbook paper
  • glass stones
  • magnets (self-adhesive or hot glue them on)
  • hot glue & glue gun
  • chalkboard vinyl & Chalk Ink marker (or regular chalk)
  • Super 77 Spray adhesive or Mod Podge
  • Skinny craft sticks for the tally portion
  • blank ten frames


1.  Measure out a piece of butcher paper the length of the oil pan. It might not be as wide, that’s okay. Spray the back of the paper (outdoors!) with Super 77 (or Mod Podge if indoors), center it, and place it on the oil pan for the background color. 

2.  Decide what headers you want on your board, type them up, cut out and laminate. Math headers might include: 

  • Title: “All About Number…”
  • It’s Name is…
  • The Number Before it is…
  • The Number After it is…
  • Let’s Tally
  • Let’s Count
  • Addition Sentence
  • Subtraction Sentence

3.   Print, laminate and cut out all the headers

4. Arrange items on your board in any fashion you choose. An example is shown below. The black boxes are chalkboard vinyl for ease of writing & erasing as needed.

5. For the tally section, add strips of Velcro to that section of your board & place velcro dots on the back of the craft sticks. 

6. Use the glass stones for your counters. Hot glue a magnet on the back. The oil pan is magnetic, of course! 

Don’t forget to add your velcro the the “Let’s Tally” section, and glue your blank ten frames onto the “Let’s Count” section. Use dry erase marker s to fill in your dots on the laminated 10 frames. 

The frames for the addition sentences are for students to place the counters (magnets) and then write the sentence underneath on the chalk vinyl. 

Spelling Center Idea…

Other Tips/Suggestions:

* Use for a spelling/word work center
* Can easily be hung on walls with industrial strength velcro (at Walmart)
* Can also be drilled into the back of a wooden bookshelf to hang up.
* For preschoolers, use painter’s tape to make grids. Put a number in each grid, and have the child count out that many magnetic counters for each space. What other ideas can you come up with?! 


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