Friday, August 08, 2014

Reggio-Inspired Preschool Math Tray

Both of my boys spend a lot of time playing, exploring, and reading about numbers, using a variety of materials. So I decided to put together this Reggio-inspired math tray for them. It uses natural materials and materials from different board games. That means you could easily recreate this tray just by looking in and around your house. 

Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L

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To make this math tray, I used:

K was mostly interested in the playing cards and spent his time matching cards to the numbers on the sudoku tiles.

Exploring math and numbers with a Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L

Four year old J has been obsessed with numbers for years. He is particularly into adding and subtracting complex math sentences. So J liked to roll the dice and create addition problems using the number displayed on the dice. He would also find the matching numbers using the different loose parts. And it's also a good thing our magnetic number set has an equals sign!

Exploring math and numbers with a Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L

He told me the answer right away, but went back and counted the dots on the dice to double check his answer. Yup, still equals 15!

Exploring math and numbers with a Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L

J also rolled the dice and used the shells, rocks, and pine cones to represent his answer.

Exploring math and numbers with a Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L

But J really doesn't need loose parts to calculate his answers. He is gifted when it comes to math. Here is an example of what he did with the parts in this math tray. No counting involved.

Adding with dice from And Next Comes L

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Reggio-inspired preschool math tray from And Next Comes L
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2 comments:

  1. I'm in LOVE with this wonderful Reggio inspired Preschool Math Tray! Thank you for adding it to the "It's Friday We're in Love Link Party!" You are being featured in this weeks pine cone round up! Thanks for joining the party :)

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