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ThinkingKit/Math Monkey

ThinkingKit/Math Monkey

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Price: $18.00

ThinkingKit: Math Monkey is a math manipulative designed to teach basic addition and multiplication facts to children aged four years and up. The kit contains the Math Monkey manipulative, number cards (0-9), addition and multiplication inserts for Math Monkey, addition and multiplication equation templates, and illustrated instructions. Once either the addition or multiplication card has been inserted into Math Monkey, children set up their math problem on the templates (e.g., 4 + 5), move Math Monkey's feet to the respective numbers (i.e., one foot on "4" and one foot on "5"), and look in his hands to find the answer. They can then select the corresponding number cards to complete their problem card. In this way, they are not only learning addition, but reinforcing number-figure relationships.

Math Monkey is a fun, hands-on way for children to learn number recognition, addition, multiplication, and problem-solving. The instructions, which include explanations of addition and multiplication, are simple and easy-to-understand. And, the Math Monkey manipulative itself is sturdy. Unfortunately, the equation templates and the number cards are flimsy and not likely to stand up to constant use. Protecting the cards and templates with clear packing tape is a quick and effective tip.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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