Getting students engaged in learning is important for retention. When students get to use the skills they are learning, they are more likely to understand the material. Hands-on activities for elementary students is a great way to get students engaged and allow them to see their skills in action!
Why Use Hands-On Activities
Hands-on activities for elementary students are awesome for a variety of reasons. When you use hands-on activities, your students will be engaged, they will have an “event” they connect with the material, and they will be having so much fun, they won’t realize they are learning! Using hands-on activities in centers and more can be a game changer in the classroom. One great resource to use for a hands-on activity for elementary students are clip cards! You can use clip cards for phonics, number sense, counting, and money sense.
Using Clip Cards for Phonics
Phonics is an important part of the science of reading. However, there are so many rules that you have to remember when it comes to phonics. Using hands-on activities like the ones found in this Phonics Clip Card Bundle is a great way to get plenty of practice. This bundle includes skills such as:
- Beginning sounds
- Ending sounds
- Rhyming sounds
- CVC words
- Short vowels
- Long vowels
- Word Families
- Vowel teams
To play Clip Card with phonics, students will use clip clothespins to cards to create various words. Because students have to use clothespins, they are also working on their fine motor skills. The best thing about using clip cards with phonics is it can be used for morning tubs, literacy centers, small groups, or as an activity for early finishers.
Using Clip Cards to Create Number Sense
Numbers are a big part of learning kindergarten and beyond! Knowing how to count and build can be tricky; however, using this hands-on activity for elementary students can be a lifesaver. Just like with the phonics game, clip clothespins to the cards to hang them and count them up. This Number Sense Clip Card Bundle comes with fun-themed activities to get you through the school year!
You can use Number Sense Clip Card for so many activities in your classroom, such as:
- Fine Motor Centers
- Math Centers
- Small Groups
- Inside Recess
- Morning Work
- Early Finishers
Use Hands-On Activities to Create Money Sense
While number sense is important, understanding what coins stand for is super important for your student’s future. This Money Clip Card game is perfect for helping students recognize coins. Plus, it helps with addition and counting because they will need to determine how much “change” is on each card. Then, of course, students will work on hands on fine motor skills because they will be using the clothespins.
Try Clip Cards as a Hands-On Activity for Elementary Students as a Freebie!
If you are looking to try clip cards, check out this Strawberry Math Counting and Numbers Freebie! With this resource, your students will build a number, count and fill in information, have clip card activities, and there are response sheets for students to count and write the number that is shown. Check out hands-on activities for elementary students here first before finding more great resources in my store.
Using hands-on activities for elementary students is such an important and effective way to engage students in their learning. By giving them a manipulative, like the clothespin, to work with, students will be able to retain more. For more great ideas like these, make sure you check out Adventures in Kinder and Beyond!