The math box

For those of you who have been reading my blog for some time, you know that our class collects lots of math tokens from home to use for a variety of mathematical processes in school each week. Today’s simple math process was a fun way to put our math tokens to good use…

The math box by teach preschool

Our collection of math tokens has gotten quite amazing this year. The children bring in anything from buttons, seashells, straws, bottle caps, erasers, and the list goes on. For today’s process, we selected a few of our math jars to set out along with printed number cards and a couple of wooden utensil trays…

The math box by teach preschool

The children began by selecting a number card and placing it in one column of the utensil tray….

The math box by teach preschool

Then the children counted out the corresponding number of math tokens to go next to the number they selected…

The math box by Teach Preschool

These utensil trays were purchased at our local Big Lots and this is just one example of how they can be used for math. My students enjoy fiddling with the different math tokens they brings from home and often will talk about the items they remember bringing as they explore any math process we use them for…

The math box by Teach Preschool

A wonderful way to explore sorting, decision-making, counting and number recognition in our classroom…

The math box by Teach Preschool

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By |2017-03-29T11:32:16+00:00March 14th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Jennifer March 15, 2014 at 9:53 am - Reply

    This is a great use of materials! Do you give the children their math tokens back at the end of the year or hold on to them? If you give them back, how do you keep track of who brought what in?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 15, 2014 at 10:54 am - Reply

      We keep them here and at the end of the year, the children use them to make collages and games to take home. Any left-overs get used in some way but we don’t send them home.

  2. kranthi kumar April 13, 2014 at 11:11 am - Reply

    its awesome idea

  3. Susan Meriwether July 1, 2018 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Love this… simple – yet so effective!

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