This week I wanted to share two of my favorite shape manipulatives that we have been playing with. One of my favorite way to explore shapes with young learners is with pattern blocks. This set is similar to what I have at school and I've used these with ages 3 to 5 years. With D (who won't be 3 until the fall) I still use these blocks HOWEVER, I do keep a close eye on him because there are small pieces that could cause choking.
The younger children will benefit from using these shapes to create other shapes and scenes. Older children will benefit from this as well, in addition to using the cards to replicate complex patterns. With my kinders, these are always a crowd pleaser when I pull them out, especially when it is for just an exploration time (also known as free play to children! haha).
I am also a big fan of attribute blocks. The set we have are large and made from a thick foam (the ones I've linked to are plastic). These are great for sorting since they come in 5 shapes, each has 2 sizes, and 3 colors.
In case you couldn't tell, I love math manipulatives! They are such a fun and tactile way for young children to learn about shapes and geometry. We have gotten a lot of use from the shape beads we introduced last week. D found an abandoned shoestring in my husband's closet (which is working much better for him than the darning needle, and I don't have to be right next to him for him to safely use) and asks at least once a day, "I do beads with my string, ok mama?"
Next week week we will have a new bookclub selection which I think you'll enjoy. If you find any books you think our readers would like, please contact me and let me know! I'm always on the lookout for new books.
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