Everyday MathMath is everywhere  it's just a matter of opening our eyes and identifying what we see. As teachers of young children, we have the challenge and the wonderful opportunity to expose children to mathematical concepts. Creating situations that lend themselves to handson math manipulation can excite and stimulate our youngsters' minds. We know that young children respond best to math activities that are concrete and that they learn through play and exploration. Below you will find pictures and examples of math manipulatives that help build a good math foundation. Many of these materials promote both individual and cooperative play. Many other common math materials should be part of an early childhood classroom and are easy to collect  see side bar. There are five math strands supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). These strands are infused in the math curriculum throughout grades PreK to 12!
Number Sense & Operations
Algebraic Thinking
Geometry & Spatial Sense
Measurement
Data Analysis & Probability
Math for PreK Materials to collect for an enriched math classroom:Mixable, measurable, pourable and explorable materials to use with measuring cups, funnels and droppers like:
