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I have excellent news! Today is Manipulatives Monday, and Mother Goose Time is giving away a great prize! One lucky winner will receive TWO bags of manipulatives! Mother Goose Time will chose the prizes, but I assure you, whatever they send will be a lot of fun for your children!
Manipulatives are a big hit in our house. Every month we get two new bags of manipulatives, and every month Little Guy asks if he can play with them before the month starts. The answer is always no, but he tries every month anyways. During the month we use them for the assigned activities but after we are done with the curriculum, I let him add them to his toy collection.
One thing that is in almost every box is a set of counters. These are often in the shape of animals, which are Little Guy's favorites. They are used for a variety of activities, and are always multiple colors, sizes, and/or shapes so they can be used for sorting.
We have also gotten lacing beads, magnets, geoboards, attribute blocks, and other various manipulatives in our wonderful curriculums sets from Mother Goose Time.
Little Guy made an "F" on the Geoboard.
Attribute Blocks help children sort by various obvious and subtle attributes, including thickness.
The manipulatives almost always come in resealable bags for convenience.
One of Little Guy's all-time favorite activities: Playing with any sort of animal counter in cornmeal. Entertains him for about an hour most of the time.
In September we got a set of Family Stamps, which were different than what we usually get, which is always fun!
There are many ways to use manipulatives in teaching your children. They can be used as counters to teach them one-to-one correspondence. You can sort them by various attributes, and then sort them again for a double challenge. They can be used as toys in imaginative play (my son's favorite way to use them), markers in games or different activities, art tools, or probably a million other things I am not creative enough to think of. The variety of manipulatives we receive each year is a great part of Mother Goose Time, and one that I am happy I can share with you!
Now the GIVEAWAY*!
I receive free curriculum from Mother Goose Time in exchange for sharing our experience. All opinions are my own.