# How do YOU use your small manipulative counters?

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by LovetoteachPREK, Apr 24, 2011.

1. ### LovetoteachPREKCompanion

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OK - in the thread about engagement, there was talk about not knowing how to use our materials. I was thinking it would be great to hear how others use common things we have in our classroom. So - I don't have a lot of stuff in my room yet, but I do have some farm animal counters and some for a couple holidays. We have done some sorting activities with them (put all the pigs here, or put all the green ones there) but what do you do that is different?

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Using Manips

Using 2 colors of counters:
*Create patterns
*How many ways you can combine the two colors to make "5" or another quantity
*Have two students measure how long an object is, then record and compare their answers
*Set up activity for two students to use cards, pails, or other container to identify quantity

Animal counters:
Combine them all and ask the children to sort in various ways:
-Where animal habitat
-Sort by number of legs
-Sort by diet
-Sort: Which are farm, pets, jungle, etc.
-Categorize by two attributes

Just a few ideas...

4. ### scmomEnthusiast

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All those and more:
-Have them create fences and barns out of various types of blocks and manipulatives and play with the animals.
-Use the with playdough.
-Use them in the sensory table with straw or dirt or rice or water or whatever you can think of.
-Sort them by beginning sound.
-Have them choose an animal to write a story about.
-Use them to retell stories.
-Put them in a mystery box to guess what animal it is.
-Use a balance scale to weigh them, trying to balance both sides.
-Use them to form giant numbers, letters, etc.
-Use them as a non-standard measuring tool.
-Put them in sets of 10 to make 100.
-Use them when you are singing farm songs.
-Ask children to try to draw them.
-Use them to make footprints when painting or sliding around instead of fingerpainting.

I better finish dinner.....