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National Numeracy magnetic numbers.
As some of you may know from previous reviews, I home educate my sons, and as part of his curriculum we obviously study maths. My son is not enthused by maths at all, preferring history and art, so as a way of encouraging him we decided to buy some maths toys and in amongst them we had these. They are great, there are many packs available including literacy and also larger print options for reception aged children, they cover various levels from reception to key stage 1, and I have three packs. The numeracy ones consist of all the numbers 1-100 and the x, - and + etc. They are about a centimetre square, 2mm thick, white with black digits. They are covered in a white board coating which means that they are simple to clean with a little wipe. They are very easy to lose as they are so small, my oldest son of ten is fine with them but my little one of two is not, I'm concerned they are a choking hazard. I have bought the big colourful plastic numbers so he isn't left out. I would say these are suitable from around four.
My oldest son has had these for a few years and has gain a lot from them. He places them on the fridge making sums and I don't even need to ask...amazing!! I have recently bought a magnetic board for around £5.00 which he uses to stick them too when sitting at the table doing his work, it's easier to keep away from little hands as well. I would recommend if you do purchase the magnets to consider purchasing one of these also from amazon. My son uses them so much more now, as he does not have to be in the kitchen but can join the family in the lounge and still use them.
You can keep them on the fridge if you wish but we tend to place them in a plastic storage box because of little one and also because of their size. I was constantly knocking them of the fridge which got very frustrating. They were also constantly being found on the floor and we started to lose a few so this seemed a better option. It also makes it easier for my son to transport them to the table to use with his magnetic board.
The numbers come in transparent plastic packaging which is recyclable, they are all on one sheet which is perforated and you simple bend to snap them apart. My only grip would be that it would have been nice if they packaging was a little hardier so that the magnets could have been stored in it, but it's easy enough to get a little plastic box or little bag to store them, so not a huge deal.
These are an ideal learning tool which my son has benefited greatly from. I purchased mine from Tesco a few years back for around £5.00 but they sell them in Amazon also for around the same price. I would definitely recommend these.
Designed to help your child recognise numbers 1 to 100 and perform simple arithmetic