Cuisenaire rods are a fun learning aid to teach maths to kids. These wooden number rods were invented by Belgium school teacher Georges Cuisenaire, who wrote a book about them in 1952 (Les Nombres en Couleurs), the colored rods have long been helping children learning maths in schools and at home. Cuisenaire, a violin player, taught music as well as arithmetic in the primary school in Thuin. One fine day he was wondering, why children found it easy and enjoyable to pick up a tune and yet found mathematics neither easy nor enjoyable. These comparisons with music and its representation led Cuisenaire to experiment with some color rods. Rods were as handy and as piano keys and structured according to number values, he began to use these in his teaching of arithmetic subjects ranging from Counting, sequences, patterns, and algebraic reasoning. Addition and subtraction (additive reasoning), Multiplication, and division (multiplicative reasoning, Fractions, ratio, and proportion.
Cuisenaire rods are a hands-on approach to learning, one where kids actively participate. Kids contribute to their own education and through an intuitive, guided system they develop concrete, as well as, an abstract understanding of mathematical principles while having fun.
Size: The storage tray measures 22-Cm x 28-CM. Each block has a 2 cm x 2 cm face and is between 2 cm to 20 cm long. One set of rods contains 64 Pieces: 4 each of the orange (10), blue (9), brown (8), Violet (7), Turquoise (6), yellow (5); and purple (4); 8 light green (3); 10 red (2); and 18 white (1).
This set is suitable from age 3. WARNING: This toy is unsuitable for children under 3 due to small parts.
Committed to the pedagogical guidelines of Montessori and Waldorf learning, Chitrani offers open-ended toys for thoughtful, creative play. Toys play an important part in the learning experience and the lack of details in Waldorf toys made with natural materials, beautiful and simplistic allows children to fill in the blanks with their imaginations. They can be used in multiple ways in creative play scenarios, rather than being prescriptive. Waldorf-inspired toys are wonderfully tactile and call on children to play with them.
Children will have hours of endless educational fun with our Heirloom quality Cuisenaire Math Play Rods which fires up their imagination, maybe today they will just make patterns but tomorrow they could be used to build a rocket. Each of our toys is completely designed and handcrafted in our toy shop. Our fun toys are lovingly made using sustainable Mango/Beechwood and naturally stained using non-toxic, water-based color, Minimal colors finish allows the grain of the wood to shine through and ensures that this toy is safe for little hands and is sure to be a favorite for many years to come!
A Note about Chitrani Wooden Toys: Wood is a natural material and as such, has various unique markings. Variations in wood grain, color, knots, texture, or dye transfer are all natural occurrences in these hand-stained wooden products. These unique variations and markings are proof of quality, not defects. Enjoy the markings that make your Chitrani toy unique!