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Busy Little Hands: Math Play!

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I loved it. A beautiful book with plenty of ideas that help kids start their journey in learning math. I would love to try some with my 4 yo.
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This little book could be your entire math curriculum for preschool and Kindergarten combined!

A fantastic combination of explanations for the parents along with amazing activities that drive home real-world applications for that all-important introduction to math.

Does your little one love cars or dinosaurs? Maybe she prefers marbles. It doesn’t matter. This book shows both you and your child how to take every day items that YOU both enjoy and learn some math.

This little book could be your entire math curriculum for preschool and Kindergarten combined!


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A fantastic combination of explanations for the parents along with amazing activities that drive home real-world applications for that all-important introduction to math.

Does your little one love cars or dinosaurs? Maybe she prefers marbles. It doesn’t matter. This book shows both you and your child how to take every day items that YOU both enjoy and learn some math.

From the basics of counting with items in your home and recognizing numbers, to learning shapes and finding them all around you, this little picture book is crammed with fantastic activities.

Are you intrigued by Charlotte Mason or the idea of experiential learning? This book will give you a chance to see how your child will take to a more relaxed and natural form of learning.

My absolute favorite activity from the book begins with your child gathering up a number of his favorite small toys, some paper, a pencil, and a ruler. Then the two of you head outside to a sunny spot and some advanced math learning ensues.

Are you wondering what to do with the ruler? Oh, for that you have to buy the book, or request it from your local library!

But I have to say, I think you will much prefer to purchase your own copy!
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If you are looking for a gentle, engaging way to introduce math concepts to your preschooler, look no further than the title from Busy Little Hands called "Math Play!"  From the adorable animal characters on the cover to the wildly colorful pages within, your child cannot help but be enthralled. I love the idea that parents can set the stage for becoming aware of the math this is literally all around us.

At the very beginning, the authors speak into a child's life, offering fun ideas that involve math. And parents and teachers are provided a reference at the back explaining how each of the activities in the book helps reinforce concepts related to measurement, geometry, numbers, and patterns.

Using common objects found within the home, parents and children can explore the wonders of math. Children won't even realize learning is happening. I highly recommend this book for parents or grandparents who have a preschooler in their life. What a magnificent way to engage a child in active play and learning without relying on a screen!

Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of Busy Little Hands: Math Play! from NetGalley for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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This bright and user friendly book gives a lot of approachable ideas for parents and teachers of young children. A lot of these activities would do well at home, at a preschool, or in a public library. I could see some of these ideas, especially the town of boxes, appealing to my own two children now who are four and seven. Lots of ideas to choose from which easy to follow explanations and visuals.
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I received an electronic ARC from Storey Publishing through NetGalley.
Excellent resource for families with preschoolers. Dauksas presents a series of math activities that will challenge young children and hold their interest. Many of these activities are open ended so families can build on them for future fun and learning. The needed materials are included at the end of the book along with directions and information for adults. I like that each activity offers a brief section on adult prep so families can take care of that before introducing the concept to children.
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Hey Mom, Nana, teacher, or anyone wanting to enhance a preschool child’s learning potential, this book is for you! As a former early childhood educator, I highly recommend this book. As a current Grandmother, I am walking the talk and I am using this book. I love it!

Did you know that a child’s math knowledge when entering Kindergarten is a reliable predictor of later academic success? Yep, that is what current research in early childhood education shows. You need not stress; this book is your answer!

Young children explore math concepts early on through play and everyday experiences. This book gives you practical activities  and words to develop those necessary early foundational math skills.  

Using everyday items around the house, you help children explore math concepts of naming shapes, making comparisons, sorting, finding patterns, building, counting and more.  The activities are engaging, yet simple, and most take very little preparation.  

Before diving into the activities, I suggest you jump to the end of the book and read the “Notes For Big People” that includes an insightful discussion of math concepts and how children think about them.  Also included at the end of the book are number cards, shape cards, and stickers to use with the activities. 

I was initially disappointed that this book only included 20 activities.  But in doing activities with my toddler grandson, I realized this book is teaching me to recognize the everyday learning opportunities in play and with that focus in mind, I am able to identify other activities on my own.  This is not a curriculum. It’s as much about teaching me as teaching my grandson.
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Math Play encourages little ones to see math in the world around them. The book so an even better tool for parents with the many notes to grownups throughout. There are ,any project ideas incorporating math concepts such as counting or size. It is great for providing ideas for parents who don’t know where to start or how to help their children at home. Recommended for ages 3 through 5.
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Such fab ideas of maths fun in this book, well laid out with all the information needed to complete the activity. Such a range of activities for all ages, and all abilities and easily adaptable to make harder as children grow and develop
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Bright and colourful with lots of ideas to help preschoolers learn in fun ways about concepts including counting, measuring and geometry using everyday items from home.
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A wonderfully structured book with a huge amount of potential. This could be used by all adults in a younger child’s life to support mathematical understanding. 

The simple ideas are a springboard into maths allowing children to practice, bring about curiosity and puts maths into real life situations in a fun way.

I must have for any carer or educator in a young child’s life.
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I think this book is lovely for any new early childhood education teachers or new parents (by new parents I mean even time a family gets pregnant, not their very first child) it has a lot of cool and fun, low cost, do it at home ideas that's can turn any afternoon into fun time
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This book is ideal for parents of pre-school children who want to develop their children’s maths skills while having fun.  Packed full of practical fun activities and suggestions this book will start to develop children’s fundamental maths skills.  This book will also be of interest to teacher’s of early years children as it gives plenty of ideas that could be used in class.  While the ideas aren’t really anything new they are great reminders of how maths can be practical and fun.  The pictures also enhance this book with clear examples and suggestions.
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The cover is eye catching which makes you want to read it. This book is brilliant. It is full of super easy but engaging tasks to do with young children to help develop them in their maths knowledge. I love how the tasks can be further developed and how real photos aswell as illustration's are used to show the activity.  Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this fab book.
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Such a cute and fun book full of simple ideas with supplies I already have in my home. Fun images to go along with the instructions. Practical and creative. I love that it encourages kids to use math in gross motor activities, table top activities and social activities. Very well rounded.
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This is perfect for early years teachers looking for more ideas for practical maths specifically designed to suit the age 2-5 developmental stage.

I’d definitely love a hard copy for myself to use in class.
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Oh my goodness! My kids love this series and were so excited to see a math version. Really looking forward to diving into these ideas at my library programs as well
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This activity book is full of maths activities for early years aged children to support them in their development. The activities involve counting, number recognition, shapes, size, weight, patterns, sorting, problem solving and more, giving the readers and little learners. Vast variety of options to choose from, to keep the little ones entertained. The book contains illustrations and real life picture/examples which prompt and instruct on how to do the activity on the page, alongside its text. This gives the children chance to follow them independently, particularly those who do not have the ability to understand the words. The text has additional information for the adults to help them prepare for the activity and in supporting the children involved. 

This cleverly designed book would be perfect for the bookshelf’s of young children, providing them with many learning opportunities and activities for them to explore and enjoy. They are easy enough to do at home as they can be set up using resources available in the home, so no need to go out and spend money on additional items. This gives parents the chance to observe some of the amazing thing their child can already do and gives them the opportunity to join in on their learning experience, sharing it with them. 

As an early years educator this book provides great examples of simple mathematical play that will benefit a child in the development. It uses activities that are often used in early years settings, I know many we use in my own (although slightly different but with the same outcomes) and the book would make a lovely addition for settings to use either as a go-to for activity ideas, to introduce less experienced workers to activities in this development area or for the children to have access to to explore and use independently within their setting. 

Thank you NetGalley, the authors and publishers for the opportunity to read and review this e-book. I highly recommend this lovely activity filled book!
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I can't recommend this book enough! I love learning and I am a Math geek. I see math everywhere and love helping children develop early mathematical skills and set the foundation that learning math is fun.

Busy Little Hands: Math Play! has inspired me. I deliver a virtual program and I loved how some of the materials used are common household items, which makes it easier to facilitate the activities virtually.

I particularly loved the illustrations and resources at the end. In person, I can see myself leaving the book out as a provocation and allowing children to choose their activity. 

I will be using it in my classroom and recommending it to parents / friends with younger children

Thank you Storey Publishing, NetGalley, Linda Dauksas and Jeanne White for an advanced copy of Busy Little Hands: Math Play! in exchange for an honest review.
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An adorable little book of fun math games for parents and preschoolers to do together! Using just the materials in the book and a few essentials around the house, you can help your kiddos learn numbers, shapes, patterns, measurement, and more!
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This book has so many practical ideas to help teach basic number concepts to very young children. Ideas include putting the family shoes in order of size, shape stamping with paint and blocks, counting cars and snacks and lots more! So many simple ideas with objects and materials that everyone will have around the house. This is a great book to go to for a quick idea to keep your little one entertained in an educational way. There are suggestions of questions to ask and things to say to enhance the learning experience.  I'm definitely going to try out some of these ideas with my 2 year old sin who is learning to count objects reliably at the moment. This book would also be a useful addition to an Early years or preschool setting. Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for this eARC
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