Each month, Mother Goose Time sends special teaching tools, everyday math manipulatives for preschoolers, that can be used multiple times throughout the month to teach counting, sorting, shapes, spatial awareness and problem-solving. Manipulatives from Mother Goose Time include pattern blocks, lacing cards, beads, links, math story cards
What are manipulatives?
They are small items preschoolers can use to:
- count measure
- make patterns
Manipulatives make learning about math hands on, engaging and fun. Using small objects to count or sort in play makes math real. The manipulatives kit below is from the August Folktales and Fables theme.
Kinds of Manipulatives
Manipulatives can be purchased or found and collected. When shopping, especially at dollar stores or arts and craft stores, keep an eye out for items that could be used as manipulatives. There are also many free or low-cost items that work just as well. Just make sure they are clean and safe. Children should be supervised with small objects.
- bottle caps and lids
- foam shapes
- large shape buttons
- shape sorters
- tube builders
- coffee stirrers / counting sticks
- cardboard tubes
- linking shapes
- pattern blocks
- unit blocks
- interlocking cubes
Make your own manipulatives such as colored pasta for sorting and patterning:
How to Use Them
Rote Counting: Rote counting is based on memorization of number order. Assigning a number to an object is the developmental milestone called one-to-one correspondence, and makes counting meaningful.
Create and use a number line. This one allows the children to match the numbers. This number line was included in the June kit, Alphabet House.
Sequencing and patterning: a repeated sequence is a pattern. Patterns are things- numbers, shapes or images that repeat in a logical way. Patterns help children make predictions, to understand what comes next, to make logical connections and to use reasoning skills.
We use the Mother Goose Time calendar to talk about the calendar, days of the week, patterns and count. My group easily learns to count to 30 since we count the days on the calendar every day.
In the photos below, we used the Mother Goose Time Math Story Cards and rabbit counters to make mathematical ideas “real” using objects.
The rabbits are small, medium and large and also four different colors so they are
Identifying Shapes: Toddlers and preschoolers can recognize simple geometric shapes. This activity matches shapes and develops visual discrimination.
Tree shape puzzle @mothergoosetime #ece #preschool #familychildcare #MGTblogger #naturedetectives #hdddc A photo posted by Stacy@Share&Remember (@shareandremember) on
Classifying & Sorting Objects: Older toddlers and preschoolers can start to sort objects by one attribute. In the photo below, colored insects and matching buckets are used for sorting. Learning Resources Bug Counters
Insect color sorting in the sensory table #ece #preschool #familychildcare #summer #hdddc A photo posted by Stacy@Share&Remember (@shareandremember) on