**Geoboard**

In early childhood education, geoboards are used for a variety of reasons:

- to practice and promote fine motor skills
- to explore shapes
- to create letters and numbers
- to explore symmetry
- to build prior knowledge of geometric concepts (such as area and perimeter)

Here is a link to play an online geometry board

http://www.mathplayground.com/geoboard.html

**Multiplication**

Here is an concrete way of teaching Multiplication to the six years olds:

- Use an empty egg carton and dry beans.
- Place two beans in one egg holder. At the beginning it is easier to see the 2 times table than the 1 times table.
- Say, “We placed two beans in the carton one time. We have two beans total.
- Empty the carton, then place two beans each in two egg holders and say, “We placed two beans in the carton two times. We have four beans total.”
- Empty the carton then place two beans each in three egg holders and say, “We placed two beans in the carton three times. We have six beans total.”
- Take turns, making a game of it and continue the same pattern until you have done 12 x 2 = 24.

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