Linking Cubes are so versatile! Here are some awesome activities you can do with your little one(s) to help them understand and explore many math concepts!
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Linking cubes come in a variety of colors and styles. Your child can practice sorting the cubes into piles of the same color. We love doing sorting activities with this sorting tray we got at DOLLAR TREE! Snapping the cubes together also provides fine-motor skills practice.
Practice Counting and One-to-One Correspondence
Counting linking cubes is a good way for preschoolers to practice one-to-one correspondence. (One-to-one correspondence means matching one object to one number or object such as saying “one” as you touch the first cube, “two” as you touch the second cube.)
Practice building patterns with linking cubes! You can begin with a simple ABAB pattern such as yellow, purple, yellow, purple. Snap cubes together to form this pattern and ask your child to add a few more cubes following the same pattern.
You can increase the complexity of the pattern as your child becomes comfortable with this activity.
Practice Number Invariance
Number invariance refers to the number of objects remaining the same regardless of their arrangement. If you begin with eight cubes, you would still have the same eight cubes regardless of whether they are separated into two piles, arranged in a triangle, etc. Allow your child to practice this skill while you are counting objects. Arrange cubes in a straight line and ask how many there are. Rearrange the cubes and ask how many are there again. Your child may need to count the cubes until he has mastered this skill.
Estimate and Measure Length
Linking cubes have the same dimensions. This makes them great for practicing nonstandard measurement. Begin with a small preferably straight lined object like a marker or crayon. Ask your little one how many cubes long they think the marker/crayon is. When they answer, instruct them to snap that many cubes together and compare it to the actual length of the marker/crayon!
The possibilities for measuring with linking cubes are endless. Have fun measuring other items like feet, shoes, books, table tops, your child’s height, & chairs.
Ten Frame for learning adding, subtracting more!
Using a ten frame is a great way to learn and practice the addition. This allows for a visual representation of addition facts. Using manipulatives to see that 3 + 2 = 5 and so forth. You can download a FREE ten frame in my Free Resource Library.
Practice Part-Whole Partitioning
Understanding that one part (2) plus another part (3) equals the whole (5) is an important concept in math. Linking cubes provide an excellent visual means of comprehension of this concept. Draw three circles on a piece of paper or a dry-erase board as shown below. (OR GRAB MY FREEBIE PRINTABLE OF THIS in the free resource library.)
For addition, place two yellow cubes in one circle and three blue cubes in another circle. Instruct your child to place the number of cubes in the whole circle that equals the total of two cubes plus three cubes.
Using different colors may help your child see the equation of 2 + 3 = 5.
For subtraction, place two yellow cubes in one of the circles and leave the other (adjacent) circle empty. Place three blue cubes and two yellow cubes in the whole circle. Instruct your child to place the number of cubes in the empty circle that will equal five cubes minus two cubes.
Add Linking Cubes to your MUST have math manipulative resources
- CLEVER DESIGN — These math cubes snap together with a soft click, making them an ideal fine motor, construction and creative activity for ages 3+.
- INSPIRE LEARNING WITH SHAPES — Five sides of each cube contain a different geometric shape to create more challenging activities: circle, square, triangle, pentagon and hexagon.
- INCLUDES 10 COLORS — Watch as your youngster learns the art of pattern making or how to apply colors to learn math concepts, such as addition and subtraction, with this set of 100 construction cubes.
Wishing you wonderful teachable moments!