How To Make Your Own Rekenreks

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If you know me, you know how much I value spending time explicitly teaching number sense. Rekenreks are a GREAT way to build number sense in students and provide hands-on support for beginning addition and subtraction.

I really like having a class set of rekenreks for whole group math talks, but I really don’t like spending a lot of money. This set cost me less than $10 and a wonderful parent put them together for me in one evening!

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For student rekenreks, I just cut cardstock in half and laminated it (I don’t think laminating it is necessary, but it has helped them last me 2 years so far). Then I punched two holes on each side. I put a pipe cleaner in each hole on one side and knotted them together. Then I put 5 red beads and 5 white beads on both pipe cleaners, strung them through the other side, and knotted.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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You can use foam boards for durability, they just cost more and require more cutting power than I was willing to put into it.

My teacher rekenrek is made out of a foam board, but another teacher was kind enough to make it for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Want to make these yourself or send home with a parent volunteer? You can download the directions for free by clicking here or the picture above!

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