In our classroom, we actually had a wooden set of skittles
(they look like large game pieces) that fit into a tray with
four circles that the skittles could fit into. One skittle
would be whole, one would be halves, one thirds and one
fourths. The children used them as puzzles. The interior of
each fraction would match - for example the halves would be
be red, maybe thirds orange and fourths green. They would
take out the four skittles and mix them up, then try to put
them back together. I would give them the names of the
pieces. I think if you saw a picture of them you could come
up with a home made set that could work - just google
We also had two sets of five circles that had the fractions
up to 1/10 where the pieces were made of metal with small
knobs on each piece. The child had to again figure out how to
place the pieces together to form a circle. Some children
would take small slips of paper which would have the fraction
name "1/2" on each slip and they could place one on each
piece of the "pie".
I would also think up some game that the children could move
about trying to "make fractions" For instance you could call
out thirds and then the children could find classmates to
form a "pie made up of thirds". Getting them familiar with
the terminology is important at this age so the more games
you can come up with, the better. Music is also another way
to help them learn anything. Make pictures of a pie and "cut"
it into three, (and two and four) pieces and make up some
song to go with each picture. Old macDonald made some pie, ee
i ee i oh. And then he made the pie in half ee i ee i oh.
(show the pic of two) With one piece here and one piece there
here a piece, there a piece, two pieces make a whole, Old
macDonald made some pie, ee i ee i oh. Sorry about that, I
just made that up. lol
Above all, have fun!