Just when you thought wooden blocks couldn’t get any better, I introduce you to SumBlox wooden number blocks. SumBlox maths teaching tool takes learning maths to a whole new level. They are fun and educational and a great gift idea for kids. I’m also offering a special voucher giveaway to our Laughing Kids Learn readers, so be sure to read on for more details.
Krystal from Sweet Elephants introduced me to this amazing new product called ‘Sumblox’ about a month ago and already I can see the buzz growing amongst parents and teachers. These carefully carved wooden number blocks encourage children to learn through play and develop a greater understanding of a numbers value and form with their specially designed shape.
There are so many incredible ways children can use these blocks. Let me share a few –
Sumblox are made of a gorgeous solid and smooth wood. Possum (almost 4 years) had a great time playing with these blocks and we both enjoyed feeling the weight and quality of the wood. It wasn’t long before Possum began talking about the features each of the wooden numbers had and pointing out those that had holes, curves and straight edges. These are blocks that are hard to keep your hands off.
Children will often get confused about which way around a number is. Possum and I played a fun game of picking each of the individual numbers and deciding which ones were around the right way. During our investigation we also discovered that some numbers didn’t change when reversed, like 1 and 8.
Sumblox give children an opportunity to learn how to order numbers and feel comfortable to make mistakes and corrections. As you will see from the image above, as the numbers increase, the height of the blocks begin increasing too! Such a great and helpful visual for children.
Of course you can also have children create new numbers using the Sumblox blocks. Children can also be challenged further to come up with the number before and after it.
Sorting and making groups
Sumblox helps children to identify numbers and improve their ability to name them too. As a fun little activity, children can sort through the blocks and group them together based on value. Children can also be challenged further by grouping the blocks according to a given rule, such as making piles of Sumblox that have a total value of 14, for example.
Unique feature of Sumblox
Now there is something wonderfully unique about Sumblox that is sure to excite the parent or teacher in you. Sumblox are carefully designed so that when one particular block is placed beside another, their height will match their value! Incredible, right? So as you see above, Possum is holding two number 1s and it is the same height as the crafted number 2! Genius.
Combinations of 10 or whatever you like!
As you can see from the image above, Sumblox are designed to clearly and visually highlight that when some numbers are combined they can equal the value of other numbers. You can really see why these blocks have become so popular amongst parents and teachers. They are just an amazing teaching tool, especially for the visual learners in us all.
It doesn’t matter what numbers you use, they will always represent the value of the number if lines up with.
What a great way for children to gain a better understanding of multiplication! These blocks really do provide children is a great visual and deeper understanding. No rote learning here.
Sumblox are also flexible enough to teach children about fractions too!
Possum loved using these blocks for building and throughout her playing, the opportunity suddenly came up to discuss basic symmetry. She felt very proud of herself and really wanted to make more towers using more and more symmetry.
Give children some blocks and they want to build. Possum couldn’t resist building the tallest tower she could. She even tried to build it as tall as herself! Such an activity as this had us talking and her learning about mathematical terms, such as ‘measure’ and ‘height’. What a great way to extend a child’s vocabulary! Children can also look around their own environment and find objects that match the height of the numbers.
Okay, so Possum may have had a fabulous time pretending her number 8 block was a camera, but who wouldn’t? Hahaha I did ask her to see how many numbers she could spot around the house using her new camera.
So the box states that they are suitable for children 2 – 11 years, but I’d completely reject that and say these blocks are for all ages, I’m talking 0 – 101 years. Boo (11 months) had so much fun exploring all the different blocks and banging them together. My husband and I also couldnt resist challenging each other to make the tallest tower or a cube that added up to 50. The possibilities for each age to enjoy them is endless.
So if you’re looking for a wonderful life-time toy for children I strongly recommend Sumblox. They will certainly last a life time and the learning that your child will achieve from them is endless. We have literally used these blocks everyday since they arrived in our home, hence my very strong recommendation to you. Fortunately for you, Sweet Elephants now stocks them. If you are a teacher, parent, parent who home schools or grandparent consider this product.
To celebrate their release, Krystal from Sweet Elephant has also been generous to offer one reader a $50 voucher to use on ANY product in her store.
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