First you will need the sturdy paper bowls. You could use styrofoam bowls possible with stickers...maybe...not sure how well that would stick. But, these dotters were super fast!!
I used the skinny bingo dotters you can sometimes find at Dollar Tree to make the dots. The ones from Dollar Tree make smaller dots so these were perfect for the small area of the bowls.
I made 2 sets. You will see that one set is black. For the next set, I used colored dotters so students could hopefully distinguish between the colors and recognize that 2 and 1 is 3, 3 and 1 is 4 and so on.
As you can see in the picture below, students will use these bowls to create sets that match the set in the bowl. Of course, you can use any manipulative. Seasonal erasers would change it up a bit and this can be a "forever" center! I heart forever centers because it requires little to no maintenance. DING! :)
Here are the rest of my bowls...
Ooops! This picture is sideways so tilt your head to the left.
Students can simply throw objects in the bowl, stack them and make towers, or match the dots 1:1.
I hope you find this helpful, easy, and FUN!
I would love to read your thoughts below!! :)