Manipulatives are learning tools that can grab attention and keep a preschooler engaged. Learning through manipulative play requires that a child use objects to build, weigh, move, order, turn, or arrange to fit.

The following Early Learning Manipulatives are available for check-out to use at home.

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Community Buildings File Folders

Contains: 3 file folder with building inserts, 48 cards for matching with buildings

Learning about Community offers lots of benefits for kids: promotes safety by teaching kids who to ask for help, inspires interest in possible careers, encourage interest in one’s own community. 

How to Dress for Winter (sequencing activity)

Contains: 1 sequencing mat & 5 cards, 5 cards with pictures, 5 cards with pictures and sentences, 5 cards with sentences

Sequencing helps with comprehension, problem-solving, being able to observe and recall. Learn about patterns in relationships and we learn to understand the order of things. 

Lego Chain Reactions: Design and Build Amazing Moving Machines

Contains: Title book, 33 Legos, 6 Lego balls, string, 17 ramps & signs

Learn about the science of chain reactions. Building Legos helps with communication, problem solving, mathematics, creativity, experimentation, physical development, perseverance and management of frustrations, self-confidence, patience and focus.

Lego Gadgets

Contains: Title book, 58 Legos, 18 paper cut-outs

Build different machines. Building Legos helps with communication, problem solving, mathematics, creativity, experimentation, physical development, perseverance and management of frustrations, self-confidence, patience and focus.

Life Cycle of a Plant

Contains: plant life cycle flash cards (6) with mat, plant life cycle cards (4), plant life cycle worksheet, sunflower life cycle coloring book kit, key term flash cards (8), instruction sheet

Recite and draw the life cycle of a plant. Name the three things plants need to grow.

Music Backpack

Contains: “I Know A Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello” by Barbara S Garriel, “Musical Instruments from A to Z” by Bobbie Kalman, Musical Instruments (2 brass cymbals, 1 metal triangle w/ striker, 1 wooden chino tone block w/ stick, 1 castanet, 2 maracas, 1 tambourine), Wooden Sound Puzzle (8 pieces), Activity Sheet, Contents Sheet

Support vocabulary development, fun with music

Pattern Block Mats: Fall & Halloween

Contains: 7 Mats (apple, bat, jack-o-lantern, pumpkin x 2, scarecrow, spider)

Blocks available as separate check-out.

Identify shapes, develop fine motor skills, problem solving skills, strong sense of achievement 

What’s Wet, What’s Dry?

Contains: 1 wet & 1 dry card, 8 matching cards

Improves concentration & short term memory, train visual memory, increase attention to detail, improve ability to identify similarities and differences in objects