As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all toddlers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
Oh, how I love the manipulatives that come in each of our Mother Goose Time curriculum kits. I mean, how could I not?
Each month we get counting manipulatives and shape manipulatives. Yep, two different sets with every new theme… I seriously can’t get over how much awesome stuff comes packed into each and every little yellow school bus box.
And this month, the little guy is having lots of fun with the wooden beads. He’s been stringing them practically nonstop. Lol…
I’m sure by now you’re probably wondering what’s so special about these wooden beads and why we’re both so obsessed with them, right?
Have you ever stopped to think about all the fun stuff you can do with just one set of manipulatives? Well, let’s brainstorm.
Color Sorting + Shape Sorting – This particular set includes 3 colors and 6 shapes, so it’s perfect for sorting by either attribute.
Counting + One-to-One Correspondence – Set a few wooden beads out and ask your toddler or preschooler to count them. Or ask them to hand you two or three wooden beads. The possibilities are endless.
Stringing Beads – Hello fine motor skills, right? This is probably the little guy’s favorite thing to do with these wooden beads. He loves stringing them on a shoelace. And of course it’s excellent for hand-eye coordination too.
Creating Patterns + Designs – Yep, we can do that too. Creativity and problem solving, here we come. Whether it’s having your toddler or preschooler try to guess which color comes next or using the wooden beads as loose parts with blocks, they’ll be putting lots of important skills to use.
Want to win two sets of your very own manipulatives from Mother Goose Time? Keep reading to find out exactly how.
Psst… Each blog ambassador is hosting their very own Manipulatives Monday Giveaway, so… Make sure to enter them all! Please keep in mind that the two sets of manipulatives you receive will be a surprise, which of course means they will most likely be different than the ones pictured in this post.