A Simple Math Invitation for Toddlers
Remember all those loose parts you gathered or those random toy parts that have suddenly lost the rest of their set? Now is the time to put them to use!
This tray was simple to put together and was created with materials I had lying around.
*Gather a Tray (I like to reuse the ones that our Melissa and Doug pretend food comes in from most invitations)
*Find Loose Parts : I used; pom poms, beads, seashells, curlers. You can use whatever you have, but the important part is to have two of one kind and one of the other. For example, I had two different kinds of seashells. I put two of one kind and one of the other in the bowl.
*You can also use a Peg Number Puzzle (see link below) and DIY Number Rocks. Puzzle pieces or just cards with numerals on them would work too.
I laid them out as you can see above.
Note: This can easily be adapted to work on other numbers or concepts. Shapes? Numbers 1-5? Letters?
Invite your child to play!
We took the materials out of the basket and spread them out on the floor.
*Let your kids explore the materials. I always do this first when we have a new activity. When they have had some time to explore they will be more ready to focus.
*Put the one on one side and the two on the other.
*Invite them to sort the objects into 1 or 2. Sorting is a natural activity for toddlers. You can guide them along a little, but remember than this is an exploration.
You can model counting, sorting, and number recognition. Talk aloud as you work to explain your thinking. They will learn by watching you and playing with the materials.
Put the loose parts back in the bowl and the puzzle pieces or number cards in the tray.
Place the tray on a shelf for further explorations. Repetition is gold in toddler land!
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