Sensory Idea: using manipulatives to teach letters, numbers, and spelling
Manipulatives are a great teaching tool to involve multiple senses in learning. There’s a million different manipulatives out there.
My boys can’t handle manipulatives when I pull them out during school time, so we’ve had to sneak this one into play time. But once I got down on the floor once to show them how to play with these tools, they now pull them out all the time on their own.
Half a dozen easy manipulates for young learners:
- Tracing letters in shaving cream, sand, dirt outside, etc.
- Pipe cleaners. These are only a couple dollars at Target or Walmart. They can easily be bent and twisted to create letters and numbers. Or, count them up and lay them out to create addition/subtraction problems.
- Wiki Sticks. This is similar to pipe cleaners, but easier to manipulate. And they stick to the cards!
- Play dough. Use the stamps, or roll out the dough and shape into letters.
- Big Magnet letters. Spell words on the fridge!
- Word Builder manipulatives