How many of you grew up thinking of the greater-than and less-than symbols as crocodile mouths? Thanks to our Incredible Creatures® Crocodile, the next generation of young math students can have an even more interactive and fun experience learning to compare numbers.
Because the Crocodile is part of the Incredible Creatures® collection, it is larger and softer than other toys. This makes it easier for small hands to hold and manipulate, or even open and close the mouth to pretend it’s chomping numbers.
You might practice math with your children a few different ways with this toy. First, you could place objects (like pennies, cereal pieces, or other toys) in two groups and have the child turn the crocodile towards the group with more. (Make sure she knows the Crocodile wants the biggest bite!) She can even make the mouth “chomp” to choose the group with more. This teaches both counting and comparing numbers.
You might also write numbers on a paper or whiteboard and have your child position the Crocodile to snap up the greater number. This reinforces the concepts of greater-than, less-than in a more abstract way, as she must also be able to identify numbers.
Early math skills lay a foundation for later math success. The Crocodile-like greater-than and less-than symbols play a role in math all the way into Algebra. Why not introduce the idea early in a way that helps children enjoy their math lessons even more?
Posted on Friday, April 26th 2013