Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys
Teach your preschooler the language of math with Inchimals by Fat Brain Toys! This set of twelve whimsical wooden rods is taking the home education market by storm. From the one-inch ladybug cube to the twelve-inch giraffe rod, Inchimals are all you'll need to introduce your young child to math.
Introduce Math Vocabulary
Begin by having your preschooler sequence the Inchimals blocks from the shortest to the longest and introduce math vocabulary related to measurement. Because of its precise inch segments, Inchimals can also be used to guess and measure common items around the house. How tall is the glass? It is as tall as a tiger, or six inches tall. How long is a carrot? It is as long as a rabbit, or four inches long. Or build a corral for those Lego® horses and chat about perimeter.
Familiarize with Addition and Subtraction
Next, use the Inchimals to build a tower or form a train while you familiarize your child with addition and subtraction. He will quickly grasp that one frog (length) plus one monkey (length) equals one elephant (length). Or one ostrich (length) minus one mouse (length) equals one bear (length). See how easy it is?
Spiral-bound, Wipe-off Puzzle Book
To make it even easier, Inchimals comes with 100 write-on/wipe-off math puzzles in a spiral-bound book that explore counting, number value and recognition, addition, subtraction, equivalent sums, and multiple numbers. The colorful activities in the Inchimals book are designed to increase in difficulty, so your child will be challenged but not overwhelmed as he progresses through the book.
Best Hands-on Program We've Seen for Young Children
Thoughtfully designed with matching numerals and dot equivalents on opposite ends of each block, Inchimals is the best hands-on program we have seen for teaching math to young children. For children from three to eight years of age.
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Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Made In: China
Mfg Item #: FA038-1
Recommended Age: 3+
Awards and Endorsements:
2011 Teachers’ Choice Award Winner - Learning® Magazine
2011 Creative Child - Kids' Product of the Year Award
2010 NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Award) Honors Award
2010 Exceptional Toy Review & Gift Guide Selection
CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
"I just rec'd an order from you, which included Inchimals. Let me tell you a little about why I am so impressed...
I'm the mother of 8, with 6 still at home. I homeschool my children, and 4 of them happen to have Down syndrome. Jenessa, my 10 yr old (with DS) is a whiz on the calculator, but has a hard time understanding how/why numbers added together equal another number. She can add 38 + 99 on her calculator and give you the correct answer, but it really has no concrete meaning for her. After playing with Inchimals just once, I actually saw that she was UNDERSTANDING the addition concept, the 'why' and 'how,' and I was blown away by how quickly she picked it up!! WHAT AN AWESOME GAME!!! I can't wait to play it more, and introduce it to my younger children. I think it's going to help all of them grasp concepts that have alluded them for so long."
My little guy loves these and is learning as he plays!
I have wanted to buy these for at least five years and I'm so glad I finally did! To start right out of the box my five year old played with them and did I terest led math for over two hours. She continues to get them out and play with them regularly. My seven year old with also use these but not as steadily as my daughter. I also have a 3 year old who like to stack and line up the animals. These are similar to cuisinaire rods only simplified, larger and animals. Love this set!
He absolutely loves these! It's what he wants to play with as soon as he gets up!
Our 5 year old loves doing her math with Inchimals. I love how big, colorful and quality this item is. She doesn't even realize that she is practicing her addition and subtration skills. Inchimals makes learning fun by using colorful animals and a wipe clean book with progressively harder math problems. Our little one loves it so much she's always asking to do more. Plus with the book being a wipe clean book you can use it over and over or with multiple kiddos.
This has been a fun math manipulative to pull out for my littlest while my bigger kids are doing math. The wipe off book seems to be a distraction (but my kids all love dry erase markers so maybe that’s why!), but we have all enjoyed the inchimals for beginning math, as well as an introduction to measurement and estimating as they get older. One star off just because of the price being a bit high. This isn’t a complete curriculum so it’s a little more than I would spend if not on sale.