Broad Bean Math

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Learning Framework?

  • Physical
  • Intellectual
  • Emotional
  • Social

Endorsed by


  • Physical - Fine motor skills (painting), eye-hand coordination
  • Intellectual - Concentration, math concepts of counting, comparing and addition
  • conservation of numbers, number bonds
  • Emotional - Self confidence, taking a challenge, perseverance
  • Social - Turn taking, helping others

Make simple counters using broad beans
Skill Level
Suitable for
5-6 years old
Estimated time
> 30 mins

What You Will Need

  • 20 broad beans
  • Any 2 colours of acrylic paint e.g. red and white
  • 2 paint brushes (for each colour)
  • Newspapers
  • Math placemat with 2-row grid
  • with top row numbered 1-10 and bottom corresponding row is empty

Step 1


Gather the materials

Step 2


Paint one side of the 10 broad beans in white and let it dry on the newspaper. If you wish to, you may paint the other side red, if not, leave it as green.

Step 3


To play the game, children will take 10 broad beans each. Each child will take turns to toss their broad beans.

Step 4


After each toss, they will count how many are green and how many are white as they line them in the boxes along the grid on the place mat.

Step 5


To document, they will colour in the number of red and white circles accordingly on the worksheet and record the numerals. The children will learn that different numbers add up to 10. Use a zip lock bag to store the counters for future use.

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Ask the Kids

How many ways can you make 10?

Using the green and white broad beans, show and tell me how they can add up to ten?

Can you try with 20 or 30?

If you like, share what your kids answered in the comments below