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inchimalsWhat do you get when you combine a ruler with animals? [easyazon-link asin=”B00392NSI2″ locale=”us”]Inchimals[/easyazon-link]!

[easyazon-link asin=”B00392NSI2″ locale=”us”]Inchimals[/easyazon-link] are 12 beautifully designed blocks ranging from 1-12 inches tall, each one featuring a different animal. For example, the 1″ block has a tiny ladybug, while the 12″ one has a towering giraffe. Inch segments are also represented. On one end of the block the number appears, while on the opposite end the number is represented by dots.

A book and dry erase marker accompany these whimisical wooden units to assist with the learning process. The problems in the book become progressively more challenging. [easyazon-link asin=”B00392NSI2″ locale=”us”]Inchimals[/easyazon-link] are ideal for children of many ages.

How Can You Use Inchimals?
[easyazon-link asin=”B00392NSI2″ locale=”us”]Inchimals[/easyazon-link] is a multi-purpose toy that encourages creativity, interaction, logic, and mathematics mastery. These manipulatives provide for a multisensory learning experience that will actually make learning math fun. There are countless activities and here are just a few:

  • Have your child sequence the blocks from smallest to largest.
  • The blocks are specific lengths and your child can lay them out to demonstrate their relationship in size. Your child will be able to visually see that one number is bigger than another.
  • Introduce basic math concepts, practice counting and writing numbers, and learn multiple ways to identify numbers.
  • Ask your child to find the block that matches certain items, such as his foot or a book.
  • Stack two smaller blocks end-to-end and match them to another block of equal length. This is a fun and visual way to demonstrate the addition of two numbers (or animals!).
  • Subtraction can be shown using a method similar to that used for addition. Place two blocks next to each other horizontally. Ask your child to find the difference between the two animals by using another block.
  • Let your child use the blocks during their math homework.

The more your child uses [easyazon-link asin=”B00392NSI2″ locale=”us”]Inchimals[/easyazon-link], the more his math skills will grow. As he eventually gains more independence with his math skills, his confidence will also grow.

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