Do you have a Math Preschool Interest Center in your preschool classroom? Perhaps you call it a “Math and Manipulatives Center”. Perhaps you call it a “Fine Motor Development Area”. Which is correct?
Can you guess what these are?
Actually, there is no right or wrong name. I’ve always called it a Math and Manipulatives Center and, truth be told, it was simply an area of the classroom where all the board games, manipulatives, file folder games and loose parts collections were housed. It’s not necessarily a place for the children to use them (although we did have the shelves near tables). It was set up so that we, as teachers, knew were the materials were. More importantly, it was set up so that the children had access to the materials throughout the day.
The materials we stored here had many uses. They were used for art, for math, for science and investigation and sometimes for pretend food in the Dramatic Play center! Like most interest centers, the math interest learning center provided materials the children could investigate, explore and use throughout the classroom. The materials helped children develop in many ways including:
- Fine motor development
- Fine motor control
- Eye-Hand coordination
- Developing a pincer grasp
- Color, shape and number recognition and identification
- Increasing their math knowledge including counting skills, classifying, recognizing and creating patterns, sorting and more!
There are many ways you can set up your math interest learning center and an endless list of materials you can provide for the children!
CLICK HERE to learn how to set up and prepare your center, materials I love in the classroom and, to find out what the loose parts pictured above actually are!
If you are looking for ideas for math or manipulative materials to go along with a theme or topic in your classroom, you’ll find several suggestions inside each and every one of my themes! CLICK HERE to go to my main themes page and look through the 140+ themes I’ve put together for your classroom!