Sometime ago I picked up three sets of counting manipulatives in Target $1 spots – cubes, triangles and cylinders. I haven’t seen any counting with them yet, but plenty of playing. Those colorful manipulatives were food supplies for her castle, various ingredients in pretend cooking, weapons, books, chairs, mini-houses and hospital beds. I overheard Anna talking about one of her hospital patients: He is very sick. His throat hurts, he swallowed the hamburger, and it went to his leg, his heart is not beating, and he has an earache. Seriously sick indeed, but nothing that 103 cups of medicine cannot fix.
Come and play at Childhood 101.