Hands-Up Math


What do those symbols mean? How are they used? Dig into math operations with these colorful learning tools!


1. Choose a numeral from 0 to 9 or a math symbol such as the plus, minus, multiplication, division, or equal sign. You may need several of each numeral.

2. Using a Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencil on oaktag or poster board, sketch your numeral or symbol large enough to fill the paper.

3. Fill the numeral or symbol with various patterns and designs using colored pencils and Crayola Washable Markers.

4. Cut out your Hands-Up Math pieces with Crayola Scissors.

5. For extra strength, cover your numerals and signs in clear plastic adhesive.

6. Use Hands-Up Math to solve problems, demonstrate math concepts, and keep score when you play games.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Students, including those in special education classes, work with partners or in small groups to practice the math concepts they are studying, using these numerals and symbols.
  • Display the numbers on a hallway bulletin board for an eye-catching math exhibit.
  • Use these symbols to keep score with playground or indoor games.

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crayola supplies
  • Crayons
  • Erasable Colored Pencils
  • Markers
  • Blunt-Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • oak tag or poster board
  • clear plastic adhesive (such as Con-Tact® paper) (optional)



  • Pre-K and Kindergarten
  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Math
  • Visual Arts


  • Less than 1/2 hour
  • 30 to 60 minutes


  • Students recognize and can explain the meaning of various signs and symbols used in math, such as add, subtract, equal, multiply, divide, and square root.

  • Depending on their level of math development, children recognize numbers, count, add, subtract, divide, or multiply, do integers or bases, or find square roots.

  • Students create a set of distinctive patterned numerals and signs to use when depicting math operations.


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