Unifix cubes are great for counting, grouping, patterning, measurement, and sorting activities. They are among the most widely used manipulatives used during math time. You will find them often as part of our Focus on the Child series, where we look closely at the math thinking taking place in a child's development.
Unifix cubes are one of many objects considered manipulatives. Manipulatives can allow children to interpret, represent, and comprehend a variety of math concepts while using real-world examples they are able to touch and feel. Other common manipulatives in the early years include wooden blocks, color tiles, and pattern blocks
January 29, 2019
Regardless of how high a preschooler can rote count, a child’s sense of what those numbers actually mean develops gradually. We call this understanding number sense, and it requires relating numbers to real quantities.
This bingo-like game allows children to think about numbers in different ways. It focuses children on the attribute of quantity of small sets and helps them build a more robust number sense.
A student approximates the number of cubes in collections of increasing quantity.
A child estimates the number of cubes in a collection.
A child uses cubes to aid in addition and subtraction.