Short Chains

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Short Chains
Math - Linear Counting
5 Short Chain 8.JPG
Level Primary
Age 4.5 - 5
Prerequisites Teens Board
Tens Board
Association of Beads and Cards
Hundred Board

Also called the Square Chains.
This activity teaches the child skip counting which is preparation for multiplication. It also indirectly prepares the child to understand squaring numbers.


  1. Bring the chain to a mat.
    5 Short Chain 1.JPG
  2. Bring a square of the number to the mat.
    5 Short Chain 2.JPG
  3. Bring the labels and sort them into columns.
    5 Short Chain 3.jpg
  4. Fold the chain in a square.
    5 Short Chain 5.JPG
  5. Compare to the square to show that they are the same.
    5 Short Chain 6.JPG 5 Short Chain 7.JPG
  6. Stretch the chain back out. Count and label it.
    5 Short Chain 8.JPG

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