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Toys like pattern blocks, geometric solids, or tangrams (anything concrete that can be viewed and handled by kids) allow students to construct their own understanding of mathematics. They help engage students, increasing their interest as they go. Playing with math toys involves exploration, discovery, and experimentation while encouraging discussion and communication skills. It also activates the senses— kids use sight and touch to break down concepts and make their way through problems.

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This is an absolutely beautiful set of blocks that will build your child’s math skills and provide a great challenge! Pattern cards of increasing difficulty are provided, with the object of this math toy to match the blocks to the design on the card. There are a total of 40 different pattern cards…

Origami is a fun way to work on geometric and spatial reasoning, and even help develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This particular kit has easy to follow instructions for the different creations, along with fold marks on the papers for easy folding. It comes with everything you need to create 40 origami animals…

An ancient puzzle, the Tower of Hanoi is a test of logic and strategy. The object is to move all 8 discs from the peg farthest to the left to the peg farthest to the right….

This set includes 60 sticks in 3 sizes, along with 20 curved pieces and two different types of connectors (34) to build both two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. What is great about this particular set is that it allows for making shapes beyond polygons…

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