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Brooklyn Play 2 Learn inspires young minds through sensory play and games to instill a lifelong love of math. We create a welcoming environment for children to explore math and develop critical foundational math concepts and skills. 

 

Founded by two special educators and math specialists, Brooklyn Play 2 Learn is dedicated to fostering a safe and enjoyable learning journey for both kids and adults.

Toddlers engage with a sensory bin filled with oats, color sorting objects.
Three children engage in a sensory bin outside at a park.
Children work with Stern Math blocks, concrete tools for math foundations.
Children play with Pattern Boards, concrete tools for learning about numbers to 10.
Toddlers engage in a sensory activity involving positional languge.
Children work on color sorting in a sensory bin.
Children find objects in a sensory bin and then graph them.
A child is finding dominoes in a sensory bin outside in a park.
Three girls find dominoes and match the dots to number symbols.
A child uses tools to improve fine motor skills in a sensory bin.
A child plays in a sensory bin with a scale.
Numbers and shapes are frozen in ice for children to explore.
Two girls work with a Stern Math 10-Box.
A child builds on a large ten frame.
Children sort through a sensory bin with rice.
Children matching shapes.
Cards showing different representations of numbers to 5.
Children play in a sensory bin with pom poms.
Building 10 on a large 10 frame.
Sorting colors using fine motor tools.
Children exploring a sensory bin outside at a park.
Girl sorting objects by shape.
Girl playing with Stern Math Counting Board.
Toddler finding bears in a paper sensory bin.
Children finding numbers and pom poms in water sensory bin.
Dominoes matched to number symbols.
Child playing with giant dice in a park, shape sorting in the background.

The Power of Sensory Play and Early Math Foundations for Young Children

Rainbow rice with scoops, dominoes and bottle tops.
Color sorting pom poms into cardboard trees.
Child counting dots on a domino.
Child's hands playing with number blocks.
Dominoes being sorted onto number cards.

Young children have an innate curiosity and a boundless thirst for knowledge. Harnessing this curiosity and channeling it through playful activities can set the stage for their lifelong learning journey. Read on to discover the incredible benefits of sensory play and early math foundations for young children, two crucial elements that contribute to their holistic development.

Sensory Play: Engaging the Senses for Learning and Growth

Sensory play involves activities that stimulate one or more of a child's five senses: touch, sight, sound, taste, and smell. These activities encourage children to explore and discover their environment through sensory experiences. Here are some key benefits of sensory play:

  1. Enhanced Cognitive Development: Sensory play promotes problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity. As children manipulate materials like sand, water, or playdough, they learn to make connections and explore cause-and-effect relationships.

  2. Improved Fine Motor Skills: Activities like pouring, pinching, and squeezing during sensory play help develop fine motor skills, which are essential for tasks like writing, drawing, and buttoning clothes.

  3. Language Development: Sensory experiences provide opportunities for children to describe their observations and feelings, expanding their vocabulary and language skills.

  4. Emotional Regulation: Engaging the senses can have a calming effect on children, helping them manage emotions and reduce stress or anxiety.

  5. Social Interaction: Sensory play can be a shared experience, fostering social skills like cooperation, negotiation, and turn-taking when children play together.

  6. Stimulating Creativity: Encouraging open-ended play allows children to use their imaginations and think outside the box.

 

Early Math Foundations: Building Blocks for Future Success

Math is all around us, and introducing early math concepts to young children can set the stage for a lifetime of mathematical competence. Here's why early math foundations are so important:

  1. Problem Solving: Math encourages children to think logically and solve problems systematically. It teaches them to analyze situations, break them down into smaller parts, and find solutions.

  2. Critical Thinking: Early math promotes critical thinking skills, helping children make connections, draw conclusions, and evaluate information.

  3. Spatial Awareness: Concepts like shape recognition and spatial relationships lay the foundation for geometry and help children navigate their physical world.

  4. Numeracy: Early exposure to numbers and counting helps children develop numeracy skills, which are crucial for daily tasks like telling time, measuring ingredients, and handling money.

  5. Pattern Recognition: Recognizing patterns is a fundamental math skill that extends to various areas of life, from recognizing patterns in numbers to understanding rhythms in music.

  6. Preparation for School Success: Children with strong early math foundations are better prepared for formal education, as math is integrated into various subjects and activities.

 

The Synergy Between Sensory Play and Math Foundations

The beauty of combining sensory play with early math foundations lies in the synergy between these two approaches to learning. Sensory experiences can make abstract math concepts more tangible and enjoyable for young children. For example:

  • Counting objects during a sensory activity, like counting pebbles in a sand table, makes math more concrete.

  • Exploring shapes through tactile materials, such as tracing shapes in playdough, helps children understand geometric concepts.

  • Pouring and measuring in a water table introduce the concept of volume and capacity.

Sensory play and early math foundations are not isolated areas of learning but rather intertwined elements that contribute to a child's overall development. By fostering a love for sensory exploration and providing a strong math foundation, we equip our children with essential skills and a lifelong passion for learning. So, let's encourage our little ones to get their hands dirty, explore their world, and count their way to a brighter future!

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