4 Awesome Ideas for Using Preschool Manipulatives With Little Kids

We love coming up with awesome ideas for using preschool manipulatives. They’re totally versatile and one of the best teaching resources I’ve found for little kids. Here’s a post that’s full of inspiration to get you started with doing the same!

Oh, how I love the manipulatives that come in each of our preschool curriculum kits. I mean, how could I not?

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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

Keep in mind that all preschoolers 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.

preschooler stringing beads with text overlay: 4 Awesome Ideas for Preschoolers Using Manipulatives

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…

preschooler holding a piece of string against the floor
I’m sure by now you’re probably wondering what’s so special about these wooden beads and why are we both so obsessed with them, right?

preschooler sitting on the floor stringing beads
Have you ever stopped to think about all the fun stuff you can do with just one set of manipulatives? Well, let’s brainstorm.

preschooler sitting on floor focused on stringing beads
Color Sorting + Shape Sorting – This particular set includes 3 colors and 6 shapes, so it’s perfect for sorting by either attribute.

preschooler pulling bead on to string
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.

preschooler holding up bead on string
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.

preschooler holding a piece of string in one hand
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.

See what I mean? There’s no shortage of fun ideas for using preschool manipulatives with little kids! And of course don’t forget to leave a comment and share some of your own ideas too!


  1. So glad you had the chance to enter, Jodi! And thanks so much for visiting! Have an awesome week!

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