Learn numbers with Magna-Tiles – and let our free printable Magna-Tile inspiration cards help your children with it!
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People process information differently, and while three main processing methods are defined as auditory, visual and kinesthetic, there are in truth many different specific ways to learn. Some of them can be somewhat peculiar. Little doodles always helped me learn. At least when there was something to draw about the subject. Most of the time, I did just fine with reading books, as an ordinary visual learner would. My son is only learning how to read and write. Actually, it’s one of his focuses right now. In the meanwhile, when he wants to understand something better, he likes to build it.
“Mommy, can we build a whale with Duplo?”
“Look, I made an Eiffel tower with these blocks!”
“Let’s make “SNAKE” with Magna-Tiles!”
Magna-Tiles, if you aren’t familiar with them, are exactly what their name suggests – magnetic building tiles that can assembled into surprisingly complicated geometric constructions, both two- and three-dimensional. Last year, he learned to make letters with Magna-Tiles, and now he’s progressing into words.
But what about numbers? To get him hooked on the concept, we decided to also involve Magna-Tiles. And here he is, building away,
Of course, if your children already have experience with numbers, you can encourage them to build their own versions. Anselm does that with letters all the time, and yet he still likes to have the alphabet cards I made for him on hand. He checks them out when he forgets some letters (at 4, that happens!). And sometimes, he seems to view them as puzzles, taking pleasure in repeating the shapes in the exact same colours.
So we’re happy to share our Magna-Tile number cards with you! All ten numbers, from 0 to 9. After my son masters those, we can try two-digit numbers, and later on, who knows, maybe addition and subtraction as well?
Try printing the designs on thicker paper or laminating for longevity. You can cut them into cards or keep as a booklet.