The aim of this game is to create an understanding of amounts (1-10) and their relation to numbers, as well as learning the very basics of mathematics - counting and subtraction. Additionally, logical thinking, fine finger muscles, coordination, systematization skills are developed.
In order to efficiently work with these wonderful blocks in the family, we have added more than 20 tasks, which were designed according to the principle - from easiest to hardest. It’s also very important to note that it’s very crucial for parents or teachers, to work together with the child by solving tasks together - expressing emotional support and encouragement.
Every "Content of Numbers" block has a different meaning for each of its sides - every "row" is painted in its own colour. For the little one, it allows to sort the cubes by colour, as well as put them back in the given system; - The “smooth” edge of the cube trains estimation by sight; - The “ribbed” edge indicates the exact length of the block according to its number.
Initially, by introducing the child to this game, show how to create a harmonious “staircase”. The smooth, solid edges of the cubes are used. Start with a staircase with a single step. Later add the second one. Then the third, etc. Make the staircase from bigger to smaller and vice versa.
You can also group the blocks in different sequences, such as 10-5-9-4-8-3-7-2-6-1 or 10-1-9-2-8-3-7-4-6-5. If you remove a block from the group, will the child notice that the harmonic rhythm is disrupted?
To train estimation by sight, encourage the child to group same sized blocks, without comparing them to one another, holding them side by side.
Don’t forget to introduce the child to concepts such as long - short, long - longer - the longest, short - shorter - the shortest, etc.
When the child is starting to learn how to count, we recommend using only the first three blocks with engraved squares 1, 2, 3. When showing the child a single square, say ONE! Next we put a block with two squares and say - one, two - TWO! We do the same with three. We count squares, not blocks. Later, we ask the little one to give a block, for example, with two squares, then three, each time asking the little one to count the squares. We also pay attention to the number on the block.
Only if you feel that the child is interested, we add the next blocks with a larger number of engraved squares. Step by step, gradually reaching 10.
By working with this game, which is more like a learning tool, the child is given the wonderful opportunity to find fascinating discoveries and at the same time - acquire the precise skills needed in mathematics. After a thorough explanation of this material, the child will wish to independently solve tasks and by solving them repeatedly, it solidifies the acquired knowledge - practice makes perfect! For example, a child is surprised when a single block with 4 squares is the same as different block combinations (1 + 1 + 1 + 1), (2 + 2), (3 + 1).
Just as we created “amount” and “number” staircases, square by square, we also need to learn counting and subtraction skills. This game is a helpful tool for children in primary school as well.