Skip count miniature t-shirts by hanging them to dry on a pole
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As children begin playing with this toy, they build a strong foundation of number patterns and sequences, thanks to the numbered T-shirts. Children associate better with an everyday task of drying clothes and enjoy hanging T-shirts with certain fixed patterns on the rod. The geometric symbols help them learn how numbers can be skipped in a pattern, setting a firm base for multiplication.
Skip counting is fascinating, and sets a very strong base for addition, multiplication and number patterns as children learn to count faster, and in sets. Sequentially arranging the T shirts from 1 to 50 in rows of 10 gives the child a clear indication of the number system of all the ones being in the first column, 2’s in the second and so on. Hanging the T-shirts ensures children strengthen this fundamental arithmetic process of counting, while also improving the ability to manipulate objects.
Once children learn to skip numbers in an arithmetic pattern while counting, they are now ready to carry out repeat addition for multiplication by slotting and counting pegs in rows and columns (See How).
Set includes a wooden tray with a hinged vertical frame to slide the T Shirts in. The box contains 50 wooden T shirts printed with numbers and shapes, 10 wooden geometrical pieces representing the numbers from 1 to 10 and a set of printed cards denoting skip counting from 2 to 10.
Size of box: 46 cm x 33 cm x 3.5 cm height
Ask the child to arrange the t-shirts sequentially starting from 1 to 50 in the box. Sequencing and seeing number patterns is a critical number skill. Here the child sees all the 1's in the first column, the 2's in the second and so on.
Once the t-shirts are arranged sequentially, ask the child turn over all the t-shirts so that the patterns are visible. Then take any one of the magnetic pieces and place it in the slot, say 7. The pattern for 7 is a seven sided figure, pin it in the magnetic slot on top of the card. Children will count and understand it is 7. Then they show the child how to take out the control card table that has the first number 7. Ask the child to spot all the t-shirts that have the pattern. Take one t-shirt at a time and hang it on the rod so that the number is facing the child. The child now sees the pattern 7, 14, 21 and so on, compares it with the control table and finds it to be the same.
Once the child has arranged all the t-shirts sequentially show the child how to skip count, say 4. Count 1,2,3 4. Then 5,6,7 8 and so on. Take out every 4th t-shirt and hang on the rod. Ask the child to look at the control table of 4 and see if it corresponds, this now has set the base for multiplication. The child can also go to the back and see if there are squares on every t-shirt indicating that all the numbers are multiples of 4.