Here is some information on Inchimals from the Timberdoodle website (LOVE that site!)...
Features 12 Wooden Inchimals Blocks
Dry Erase Marker
100 Puzzles in a Spiral-bound Erasable Book
More Ways to Explore With Inchimals...
Sequence the Inchimal blocks from the shortest to the longest.
Practice counting & learn about numbers as you explore the individual segments, numbers and dots on each Inchimal block
Learn addition and subtraction concepts!
Discuss the animals pictured on the Inchimal blocks and their relative heights/lengths.
Use Inchimals as puppets to invite creative thinking, dialogue, and dramatic play
Stand the Inchimals blocks side by side or stack them neatly on top of one another to promote fine motor control
Introduce vocabulary related to measurement (shorter, taller, longer, height, length, distance, perimeter)
Designed to be used at home, in the classroom or on the go!
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Made In: China
Mfg Item #: FA038-1
Recommended Age: 3+
And here is how we like to play with them...
First, we lined the inchimals up from shortest to longest. O(4) pointed out that they look like stairs, and the girls marched around the room and pretended to climb the inchimal stairs.
The girls gathered toys, and we measured them using the Fat Brain Toys Inchimals. We guessed how long they would be before measuring them. We've also had fun measuring our feet, hands, furniture, etc.
O and I took turns making addition problems with the Fat Brain Toys Inchimals. We made and solved 2 digit and 3 digit problems.
O loved writing out the math problems that she created and solved.
We then opened the book to solve some of the problems there.
Here are some other pages from the book.
Fat Brain Toys Inchimals are another product that I really wish I'd had at least 2 years ago (the other one is Montessori at Home). They make learning math SO much fun! I highly recommend them, and we are so appreciative to O and E's grandparents for gifting them with this wonderful resource!
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