My kids were given paper clips and allowed up to 4 kids per activity. They could rotate in and out of the stations for the 3 consecutive days we did math stations. My plan is to do this bi-weekly while still keeping up with the curriculum. Three days was a good amount of time to spend on the activities. They didn't make it to all the rotations so it could easily extend to 4 days.
I have been wanting to differentiate and update my math by adding math stations. It is not a new idea by any means but something our curriculum has never had room for...I'm making room for it now. Inspired by Dr. Jean's learning center "contract," I made my own contract for math. I have 6 math stations that will change and 4 staying consistent including - journal writing, - iPads (a new app will be introduced hopefully bi-weekly), - math boxes (from our curriculum) and - card games (new games introduced weekly or bi-weekly). My hope is to keep the 6 stations somewhat consistent to reduce the time needed for directions. Here is a picture of my first set of 6 rotations. 1 - number writing/rainbow writing 1-5 2 - games (Race to 10/20 and addition flash cards) 3 - ordering numbers (dominoes 1-10 with matching number cards) 4 - concept (shape game, playdough shapes, draw shapes) 5 - puzzles (addition or pattern puzzle) 6 - dot-to-dots (differentiated using the math curriculum worksheets and various other internet dot-to-dots)