Sometimes you buy or receive something that at that moment, you're not quite sure how you'll use it. But later an idea comes to mind and alhamdulillaah, you find that what may have been intended for you, may be better used by your students/children. Here is an example:
A wooden pot holder is turned into a math game. I made cards showing different patterns and using marbles, children can choose cards and complete the patterns on the pot holder with the marbles.
Here a small book was used to cover four rows and as the child completed a row, he/she uncovered the next row of circles. This helps the child go through each row one at a time if he/she is having trouble completing the pattern with marbles on the pot holder.
Perhaps children can even play a game of five in a row (instead of four in a row because this particular pot holder has 5 rows with 5 holes in each row).
Easy math that cost less than $2.00 to make (printing the cards)! This can be placed in your learning centre and children can complete the cards individually or two children can play five in a row together insha'Allaah.