Monday, June 4, 2012

One Manipulative - Multitude of Concepts and Skills

(I apologize for the overly bright colors in the pictures. Photography is not my area of expertise. They give you the general idea though.)


Concepts:
colors
shapes
big/little
same/different
more/less
prepositions (on, under, over, by, up, down, etc.)
simple arithmetic (counting, simple addition and subtraction, etc.)
simple and more complex patterns

Skills:
Counting
Sorting
Compare/Contrast
Description
Fine Motor Skill of Lacing (using laces or pipe cleaners)

My children love lacing beads onto laces. I have some animal/transportation beads in my crafting supplies that I used when making busy book pages and the children beg to do the activity.

I was ordering some more art supplies and some bright foam beads caught my eye. I thought the children would enjoy some new beads so I tossed them in my order. The children loved them. I enjoyed lacing them as well. I also realized how useful they can be as a math manipulative or when teaching early language concepts in therapy (they are a choking hazard though - closely supervise or only use with older children).

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