What Every Preschool Math Center Needs

Trying to decide what to put in your preschool math center can be overwhelming, especially if you’re starting from scratch. I’ve put together this visual list of tools and materials for your math center to help you choose what to purchase!


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Your preschool math center needs ample shelving to store materials. I love these shelves from Discount School Supply, because they’re sturdy and have the perfect amount of openings for storing preschool materials.


Sorting/Counting Tools

Every math center needs small manipulatives to count and sort. These counting bears are a really popular choice because students can sort them by color in the included cups.


Wooden Pattern Blocks

Preschoolers can explore and analyze geometric shapes, dimensions, and spatial relationships with these wooden pattern blocks!


Unifix Cubes

Introduce beginning math concepts with stackable Unifix cubes–a must-have in every preschool math center!


Balancing Scale

Preschoolers can learn about weight and measurement with a scale like this one from Learning Resources on Amazon. The price is right, too, at just $15!) In my preschool classroom, I sometimes kept this scale in my science center rather than the math center, but either way, it’s an important learning tool in every preschool classroom.


Number Recognition Tools

It’s important to include hands-on tools for number identification and counting in your preschool math center. These peg number boards are excellent for reinforcing early math skills.


A variety of Puzzles


Add a variety of puzzles to your math center, and rotate them occasionally to keep your students interested in them. I like these wooden puzzles I found on Amazon, and everyone loves a giant floor puzzle like this dinosaur one!


Rotational Games & Resources

Whether they’re store-bought or teacher-created (like this By e Bye Fly Game), it’s important to rotate games and activities in your math center every week or two to keep students interested & engaged.


Math Center Books

In some preschool centers, I know you’re required to have books available in each center–right? This book, 1-2-3 Make a S’more With Me would be a fun & silly addition to your math center! I’m going to work on a blog post full of books for your math center, so keep an eye out for that! I’ll link it here when it’s ready.

I hope this post has helped you plan your preschool math center! If you are a preschool teacher or the parent of a preschooler or toddler, be sure to check out our Facebook group, Toddler & Preschool Ideas.