That's a cool idea!

This idea helps keep preschoolers in the right spot

July 10, 2014

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2 and 3 year olds are just learning about sitting in a group setting and staying in their spot.

If you give them a visual place to sit or stand, it helps them stay in that space.

We found these little mats at Target.  They are about $3 each and are just the perfect size for preschoolers.  When it’s time to start Large Group, we play the clean up song.  Preschoolers help to clean up all the toys, and then they go get a mat.  They put their mat on the floor and during Large Group time we get them to sing songs & stay on their mat.  During story time, they sit on their mat.  They often need to be reminded to “stay on their mat” but at least it gives them a defined space where they need to stay.

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  • Reply Jac Ernst July 10, 2014 at 7:25 am

    This is such a great idea. We used puzzle piece mats when I was coaching preschoolers back in my gymnastic days and it was a life saver/sanity saver.

  • Reply carolynburge2014 July 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Great idea Jacqueline! Thanks for sharing about the puzzle piece mats.

  • Reply Bev Landers July 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

    I love this idea but cannot find these on the Target website. Can you provide any more information that might help me locate these for purchase?

    • Reply carolynburge2014 July 10, 2014 at 8:13 am

      Target has dollar bins at the front entrance. Seasonally they change the items and I found these late summer/early fall last year. I have seen other mats there during the year that would work as well.

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