What is a Math Interest Center?
Typically it is a table that is used for other activities as well. Oftentimes, ones snack table may be used as your table for preschool math activities before snack time. Some programs have a Math Center that is always and only a math center. Majority of centers have what is called a Math and Manipulatives Center or Fine Motor Table and not necessarily a separate Math Center. The same is true in our classroom. This page was designed to help teachers to specifically add preschool math activities into their programming regardless of where the activity takes place.
The most common items for this center are generally....ANYTHING that can be counted! Your imagination will be the only limit to introducing math concepts to your preschoolers!
As with any material, keep your children's ages and your state regulations in mind when introducing items for math. Some items can be what are referred to as "chokeables." Some states specifically outline the size of items that cannot be used with certain age groups. Even if your students are "old enough" to use materials based on the regulations, you still need to keep your individual children in mind. If you have one that is still very oral and everything from their snack to their clothing to their name tag finds its way into their mouth, many math activities will need to be directly supervised in your classroom, but not avoided!
Placement of your preschool Math Activities center should be decided based on how much room the children will need to use the materials comfortably. Board games such as Candyland or Hi-Ho Cherry-O may not work well on the floor where other children can walk through the game! The floor may also not work well for counting items that could roll across the floor and cause someone else to slip on the materials. I recommend using a table for safety and for comfort!
This center tends to be quieter than perhaps your science center compared to your library area. Therefore, best placement might be on or near your Art Center where conversation and interactions are also happening and not near the more active areas such as the Block Area or Dramatic Play area.
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