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I bought these Maths cubes for Sophies 5th birthday as I felt even if she wasn't quite ready for them through school I would pick them up whilst I had seen them at a good price and knew it wouldn't be too long before they started looking at Maths at school and I remembered using these blocks when I was at school.
I bought the set from Ebay for £3.65, the set was brand new and even better the seller lived just around the corner from me so I managed to get them with free delivery too. I have looked these up on Amazon for the purpose of this review and was quite surprised to find them priced at £11.00 with free delivery, this made me realise I had actually got a really great price.
The cubes came in a plastic bag which was topped with a piece of cardboard with the name of the product on it and stapled onto the bag, once you take off the cardboard the bag doesn't seal which is a bit of a pain so we found a sealable bag big enough to keep the cubes in. Within the set you get 100 cubes, 10 each of 10 different colours, you get red, orange, yellow, white, black, brown, green, blue, pink and purple. Within the set you also get a little booklet which is apprently a teachers booklet.
The cubes are made of plastic and are 2cms cubed, On the top of each cube there is a sticking out circle and on the other 5 sides there is an indentation of the same circle shape so that the cubes can fot into each other. The cudes are pretty stiff to put together to begin with but Sophie could manage them herself just with a little difficulty, the cubes are really durable unless they get chewed which Emily did try to do with a few.
The teachers notes booklet gives you ideas opf what to do with the cubes for Key Stage 1, it gives you information about what your child should know before you try using different task cards with them such as if the red cubes are placed into a bag and you take 5 out all of which are red and then ask the child what colour the next one will be a child that understands the colour can only be red is ready for a certain number of cards.
The task cards which I got as an extra with the cubes which I find really great provide little things to do with the cubes to help your child learn such as you lay 7 bricks on the table, cover so many bricks with a tub and ask your child to work out from how many cubes they can see how many cubes must be under the tub.
Sophie was pleased when she saw her cubes and said that they do use them at school, at first she just used the bricks for counting and simple things like adding one, the different colours make simple sums really easy to represent which is great, We have started in the last couple of months working through the task cards and she really enjoys doing the tasks and even more so when she gets the tasks correct. I would say that these cubes have really helped Sophie to understand Maths and considering she has another year of Key Stage 1 to go I am really pleased with her progress now I need to find out where to buy more task cards for her.
Mathlink Cubes are an interactive and visual way to get to grips with mathematics. This hands-on manipulative can be used to teach a range of maths concepts to all ages. From lacing, counting and sorting, to multiplication division and area, these colourful cubes are a valuable maths tool from Reception Year to Key Stage 2. Each of cubes can be clinked together on all 6 sides, allowing it to be used as a pure construction toy too. The Set includes: 100 cubes measuring 2cm (10 cubes in 10 different colours) and a parent/teacher activity leaflet.