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A counting stick is a metre long stick that is divided into ten equal sections. It can be used as an invaluable tool for developing and mastering mental and oral maths in the classroom. This visual aid can be used with the whole class, with all age groups from junior to senior classes to teach basic to more complex operations.
Sticks can be made easily using metre cut wood. You can use a broom handle or something similar like plastic piping. The lagging plumbers use for pipes also works well as you can pin numbers onto it easily. Segment the metre into ten equal parts using paint or coloured tape.
The teacher can use the counting stick for all kinds of oral counting activities. Hold the counting stick and always begin on the right hand of the stick so that this is the left from pupils point of views!
Additional option: You can divide one side of the counting stick into 10 equal parts, and divide the other side divided into 12 equal parts with quarterly divisions also evident.
For more information on how to use the counting stick for counting, number, negative numbers, fractions and decimals, percentages, weight, time, length, multiplication etc. please see the Counting Stick Activities available to download from