Recently I made an operations mat to be used with the golden beads and stamp game. This mat is great fun for the children and helps them to easily place the quantities in the right columns. What I like about using this mat, is that it helps prepare the children for doing the operations paper.
Today as one of the children was working with this with the golden beads, she kept referring to the headings on the columns to make sure she has the beads in the correct place. This really helped her to continue through the activity with very little help from anyone.