# 500 Colorful Counting Links - Math Manipulative - Open Ended Building Linking Toy

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\$ 18.00

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Fun little building toy set.  Children have fun while working out their fine motor skills by making crazy designs and chains. These are perfect for early math as well because they are perfect for patterning and counting!  Set includes 500 links that are a mix of 6 colors.

• 1.5" x .75"
• 6 Different colors
• Links are a great educational manipulative toy that aids in learning counting, patterning, and sorting and explore how these concepts link to estimation, graphing, and measurement!
• Kids learn hands on how to sort by color, or by creating long patterns. Kids can measure items such as toys, and guess how many links long they are.
• Links are also simply fun for creative play by creating necklaces, snakes or trains that they can pull around.

Ways to use these in early math:

• Math manipulatives, or counters, are any small objects that kids can count or move around to help them work out simple math problems.
• Hands-on way to learn math such as counting, adding, subtracting, making patterns and comparing numbers.
• For example, you could take the addition problem 3+2=?  Have the students make a group of 3 red links and 2 green links.  Then push them together and count your total.
• They are also great for showing the relationships among numbers. If you had a chain of 10 links and a chain of 5 links you can easily see that 10 is bigger than 5.
• Perfect for measuring items!  How many links tall are you?
• You can use these as a hands-on way to teach basic story problems. For example, if Susie had 7 less links than Chad, who had 10, how many did Susie have?
• Patterning. Use the links to make simple patterns such as AB, ABC, ABBC etc.