Using toys is a great way to get kids excited about learning. And actual hands-on manipulation of objects is a great way to reinforce math concepts with kids. Physically handling objects helps kids makes sense of abstract math ideas – and it’s super fun!
You can squish, connect, and create to practice math ideas. Here are a few we tried using our Bunchems:
- Patterns: Create patterns, alternating colors. You can make these even more elaborate by stacking them!
- Counting: Ask you child to count out a certain number of balls of each color, and see what they can build with those balls! We decided to try using their ages. So for my 4 year old, he counted out 4 balls of each color and built using them!
- Shapes: Build different shapes – either ask your child to build a shape or let them choose their own.
- Counting: Another counting idea we tried was to make several “legs” or “tails” for a creature – or several different snakes. Then we would try to find the ones that had the same number of balls, or I would say “find the leg with 4 balls.”
- Symmetry: These toys make playing with symmetry easy! You can create a simple symmetrical object, and have your child duplicate it. Or you duplicate theirs. Or you can take turns, one of you adding colors, and the other copying.
Of course, you can also use them to build other fun 3-D creations – monsters, owls, bears, cars, whatever you can dream up!
There are no limits to your creativity!
- The possibilities are limitless with Bunchems; they stick and stay, then pull apart easily for reimagined creations.
And when you are done, clean up is simple because they stick to each other!
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