CSN Stores, which runs a series of websites selling everything from counter stools to kids bedding, has graciously offered to give away one Learning Resources Marvelous Mosaics Set to a lucky A Spirited Mind reader.

If you’re not familiar with mosaic and shape tile toys, the basic idea is that the child learns spatial relationships, colors and patterns by fitting differently shaped blocks together to form larger shapes and patterns. Hannah and Jack have used the Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards with great success since they were about 2 years old, and I think the Marvelous Mosaic set would be a slightly more difficult product suitable for children around age 4 and up. These toys are a great way to teach beginning math skills to toddlers and preschoolers without resorting to a real “curriculum” for little children.

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The giveaway will close on Friday March 19 at 1pm Eastern Time, and the winner will be announced that afternoon. Happy entering!

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Hi Catherine!

Hmmm. . . a preschool math tip. Books! There are so many good ones available that are math-related. Michael Dahl has written a great series of books that are perfect for preschoolers. I happen to have a blog post about them, if you’re interested. 😉

http://hopeistheword.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/authorillustrator-spotlightmichael-dahl/

This puzzle looks great! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win!

Amy, thanks for the link to the Michael Dahl books, I will definitely check those out. We also do a lot of math through books. I should do a post of preschool math books sometime…

A preschool math tip…use everyday objects (such as buttons, coins, or ribbons) as manipulatives. Give kids several jars or other containers and let ’em have at it. They’ll learn a lot of math concepts from simply putting things into and out of jars even without much adult interaction.

a math tip–sort!!! anything and everything–by size or color or shape. we incorporate such sorting and counting in our regular activities as well as in our “school” time. building with blocks, coloring with crayons, folding washcloths and socks, putting away silverware, and setting the table can be just as much math instruction as stacking felt scraps or placing beans in an egg carton.

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Thanks for subscribing Erika!

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Teaching math to preschoolers…several ways I think are easy: sort things (cereal colors, beads, leaves, blocks, etc) by color, size, or shape; count things (number of peas on your plate, number of buttons on your shirt, number of figures in a book); make simple matching games by printing out different colored animals, or shapes for the child to match.

I used to teach preschool and the math was one of my favorites to come up with activities for!

My kids aren’t old enough for this toy, but they will be soon!

Great tips everyone, thank you!

My math tip is: Use math often and out loud! It’s easy to turn every day conversations into word problems…at the grocery store: How many apples should we buy if we need two for each person in our family? In the car: Let’s see how high we can count before the stoplight turns green! At Krispy Kreme: If we buy a dozen donuts and each of us has two, how many will we have left over for tomorrow (if pregnant mommy doesn’t sneakily eat them in the middle of the night)? Mmmm donuts….

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I subscribe my email ~ I Always enjoy your writing.

Thanks Angie!

I don’t claim to be a teacher at all but I think with preschoolers repetitiveness is the key. I go over numbers with my 4yr old in general conversations and while doing things around the house. He likes to count the eggs as I crack them when baking.

Start with something they see every day – like food. Use and apple and cut it in half. Then cut those in half, etc.

I think a good early math tip is to start counting everything you see. When we go for walks, we count cars, birds, ducks, etc. Also, having kids help with recipes exposes them to measurements from an early age.

Math tip- work it in often, and have fun!

The kids naturally learn math through food-helping cook, picking out 2 or 3 cookies, etc.

With my son almost 3 we count everything we can. We have just started to add and we are using his cars and little dinosaurs.

We use everyday books and have our kids count the similar objects or colors.

Dylan (age 3) is obessed with hide-and-seek these days. So we count to ten very frequently in our house. I know nothing about teaching preschoolers math that I haven’t read on your blog, but I suppose that aside from hearing the numbers in order he is also getting some sense of time – how long it takes to count to ten (versus 20 since we count to 20 sometimes, like when Mommy has to finish changing Lydia’s diaper and can’t start seeking at the count of 10…:)

I have started to teach my preschooler math by using money. She loves coins and I talk about how much each is worth, how many pennies make a dime, etc. Seems to be working so far 🙂

We use food to learn addition and subtraction! Cheerios, raisins, grapes — anything small and easy to count. Count them and then as they eat them talk about subtraction and how many they have left. This even works with my 3-year-old!