Many children start school being unfamiliar with some of the tools we use in our classrooms. This can be particularly true of math but how to create a rich math experience during sensory play? With this I Spy sensory tub!
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Using our cut straws as a base, I added a range of objects made from different materials in a range of colours and various shapes and sizes. Intentionally, many are math manipulatives - dice, dominoes, counters, Numicon, Unifix, pattern blocks.
I also made these I Spy cards to add to our play. It's not the only way children might play with this tub but it creates an invitation, a challenge that some certainly enjoy and it allows us as educators another opportunity to talk about the objects. You can download them for free.
Want to set up your own? Here are some of the items used in our tub.
Transportation Math Counters
Wooden Pattern Blocks
Three Bears Math Counters
Classic LEGO Blocks
Upper Case Alphabet Threadable Letters
Lower Case Alphabet Threadable Letters
Laces for Lacing
Looking for Numicon outside the US? I recommend The Book Depository.
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