Sunday, February 12, 2017

MGT: Manipulative Monday Giveaway!

Are you ready for a giveaway?
There's a million great things about Mother Goose Time, but one of our top 5 things we love is the new manipulatives we get each month.  Manipulatives are hands-on objects children use to work out problems.  They manipulate objects to learn. 
Mother Goose Time sends us 2 new sets of manipulatives each month. One set is usually some kind of counter or sorter, such as a batch of pink and red plastic pigs, or an assortment of colored bears of varying sizes.
The other type of manipulative is usually one that deals with reasoning and logic, such as beakers for pouring or tangram pattern pieces.

What's our favorite way to use manipulatives?

Sweet Pea is 2.5 years old.  Right now she loves to match things together and search and find items. Placing our manipulatives in fun textures is one of our favorite ways to use them.  I buried our bears when we did some one to one correspondence which you can read about here.  We've hidden them in sand, and they are always invited into the bath tub or water table for more water play. 

She also loves to match, so finding 2 of the same color or shape is one of her favorite things to do. "Look Momma...2 yellow trucks." 

Ideas on how to use Manipulatives with Kids:
  1. Create Patterns
  2. Sort by a Characteristic
  3. Work out Math Problems  (use 3 red pigs, bring in 2 pink pigs. How many pigs are there now?)
  4. Use them to tell a story.
  5. One to One correspondence
  6. Just play with them! 

So are you ready to win your own 2 sets of Mother Goose Time manipulatives?

Click on the link below to answer 1 question about how you use or would like to use manipulatives with your little one.

This giveaway will be open from 2/13/17-2/20/17. Prizes will be fulfilled by Mother Goose Time and may vary from those pictured. Must be 18 years or older to enter to win, and a resident of the USA. Void where prohibited by law. Winning entry will be checked to verify completion. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification of winning. Failure to respond will be considered forfeiture of the prize and a new winner will be drawn.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

1, 2 Buckle My Shoe

1, 2 Buckle my shoe
3,4 Shut the door
5,6 Pick up sticks
7,8 Lay them straight
9,10 Do it again!

We are absolutely LOVING this month's Nursery Rhyme Unit from Mother Goose Time!
Each day we learn a new little rhyme with motions to go with it.
This rhyme was on our 2nd day, but Sweet Pea keeps coming back to it- she loves to act it out. 
My teacher guide gave some great examples of what to do with learning this rhyme.
"5,6 Pick up sticks"
The first thing we did was go outside to "pick up sticks" and other nature items.  We collected 6 of each throughout our yard, and then "laid them straight" on our driveway.  I sang the rhyme to Sweet Pea as we scavenged for our collection.  Even Peyton, our golden retriever, helped. 
(acutally he provided entertainment as we watched him chase a squirrel)

6 sticks, acorns, pine cones, acorn caps, more pine cones, and black walnuts.

We sat in our driveway and watched the squirrel dig searching for nuts from our oak trees.  We got to watch him nibble on some, and then almost die, because that squirrel would not run from Peyton, and my dog was excited about a new chew toy. 
" Momma, chase!"

After being outside for a good while, it was time to head indoors for our 
"3, 4 Shut the door"
Mother Goose Time sends us the most beautiful graphics and fun supplies for kids to create with.
Because we do these Invitations so often, Sweet Pea has become great at knowing what and what not to do with the paint. I know painting with toddlers is a daunting task, but I PROMISE you the results are so worth the risk!  We use these finger paints and when they mix they produce some beautiful colors.

The sponges were great to try out stamping with the paint, and it really left some interesting results. 

MGT sent the 3 sponges to be used as paint brushes, and I provided a real paintbrush, but eventually Sweet Pea always returns to her favorite method of painting... fingers.

This was only day 2!  I can't wait to see what the rest of the month has in store.
Be sure the check back on MONDAY for a MGT Manipulative Giveaway!

Until then...Happy Rhyming!

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