I first bought snapcubes from My Playschool, together with some other math related learning materials when I was pregnant with my little boy. They have been used on and off, serving as counters sometimes and as we found out, they are also marvellous for teaching patterns (e.g. purple-purple-green-purple-purple-?). But since we bought 100 snap cubes, I was determined to make full use of them all and what better way to do so than teaching numbers 1-100?
My girl’s 4.5 years old and starting to count to 30 which isn’t by any standard fast. But since she did show some signs of wanting to read the time off the digital clock, I figured perhaps I might want to introduce numbers up to 100 gently using the snap cubes. I got down to buying some labelling stickers and wrote the numbers 1-100 and got her to paste them in sequence. Meanwhile, I was just being cheeky pasting random numbers everywhere to spice things up:
We survived pasting to 100 as she took her task of labelling the snapcubes very seriously:
On another occasion, when we took out these snapcubes for revision, we figured that it was easy to learn to count in 10s:
I got her to re-assemble the cubes and she was very motivated to put everything back in sequence:
Subsequently, we focused on counting from 1-30 and since we had to find a new way to combine the snapcubes, writing more numbers on the labels was necessary so that the numbers would show up correctly and this time she wanted to have a go at it:
She has been more motivated to count (she’s not very interested in Math) so that says something about this activity. I guess fixing and dismantling these snap cubes keep her interested and need I say this is a great activity for practising those fine motor skills! If you do have a set of snapcubes, do consider trying this out! 🙂
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