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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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These are colorful plastic sticks that snap together, but are still able to move freely to form different angles. Each color is a different length, which is written on the stick in both metric and U.S. Standard measurements.

These blocks are fantastic—they come in several shapes and colors, and each piece is a polygon (so no curved sides). There are magnets along the edges inside the blocks that allow them to easily stick together. Your child can build towers and towns and…

The FlashMaster is a hand-held computer to help your child master their math facts (all four operations). It goes as high as 9+9 in addition, up to 18-9 in subtraction, up to 12 x 12 in multiplication, and up to 144 divided by 12 in division…

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