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Revision 4.00

16th December 2014




Learning Letters

4a. Making the Counting Board.


  1. Enough empty egg boxes for 100 cones (20 egg boxes were used for the counting board shown).

  2. A piece of strong cardboard for the base about 21 inches (52cm) square. This should allow a margin of about one inch (2.5cm) all round, to place numbered strips on. The exact size will depend on the size of the egg box cones.

  3. Cardboard tubes that fit snugly over the cones. These should be cut into 3inch (7cm) lengths. Tubes from bathroom or kitchen tissue rolls could be ideal.

  4. White copy paper for the numbered strips around the edge of the board. (different strips can be made for different activities).

  5. PVA Glue, Craft scissors, Rule, Marker pen

Cutting cones from an egg box


Cutting the cones

Cut the strips of cones from egg boxes as shown until there are enough strips for a 10 x 10 square of cones.


The cardboard base

To decide on the size of the cardboard base, place a row of ten cones end to end, and measure their total length. Add 2 inches to this length to find the width and length of the base. The 10 cones shown below measured 19 inches, so the base was made 21 x 21 inches. The square base is 1 inch bigger all around, to allow numbered strips to be placed around the edges.

10 cones

Gluing the cones in place.

Placing the cones

Draw a line 1 inch (2.5cm) in from each side of the cardboard base, using these lines as a guide, carefully glue the first row of cones in place, making a straight row of ten cones. Repeat to make ten rows down.


Completing the cones

Make sure when gluing the cones in place that they are evenly spaced in lines across and down.

Finishing the square of 100 cones, 10 along the top and 10 down the side. In the photograph (right) there are still another 20 cones to cut out and glue in place to complete the grid.

Finishing the counting board