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When I was a preschool teacher many years ago I would use one toy in many different ways. This was for several reasons.

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counting toys for 2 year olds more than just

Counting Toys for 2 Year Olds - More Than Just for Counting

When I was a preschool teacher many years ago I would use one toy in many

different ways. This was for several reasons. One, it was economic. Two, it

encouraged children to try new experiences. Three, it added variety to the play.

Four, toys used in different settings enhance different skills. This is not brilliant in

any manner. Children do this naturally. If you give a child a small cardboard box it

may become a mouse house or a treasure chest or a boat or decorated like a

flower. Many counting toys for 2 year olds can be versatile in this way.

My favourite learning toys for preschoolers is the set of small colored plastic

bears such as Skoolzy.com Counting Bears with Sorting Cups. I would put these

bears on a table with a set of wooden blocks. Toddlers would soon be matching

the color of the bears to the blocks. They would stack a bear on a block practicing

one to one correspondence. They may even make a fort of blocks and count the

bears as they are placed in the perimeter.

Another fun activity and a good use for educational toys for kids 3 years old is to

place the cups and bears in the water table. Often I would also color the water

with food coloring for added enticement. As well as encouraging counting skills

toddlers are learning to pour, measure and estimate. Add some funnels and

measuring cups for extra play and learning.

playing with play dough and the counting bears

Playing with play dough and the counting bears and cups is a very tactile

experience. Fine motor skills are used to flatten out the dough, roll it into balls

and create shapes. This is a very open ended activity encouraging imagination and

creativity. Children use the bears and cups as a tool to flatten the dough. They

may match balls of dough to the bears and sort them into the cups. construction

sets for toddlers are certainly adaptable.

Of course, any 3 year old educational toys can be used in these ways. Large

wooden colored beads were a favorite to use in the kitchen play area. Pegs from

pegboards were used with trucks and construction toys. As a preschool teacher I

think I had as much fun as the children when coming up with creative play

activities.

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