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EuclidKids Power of Two Puzzle

This unique math toy by Marcia Cooke, a math teacher from New Orleans, functions as a puzzle and a tool for visualizing powers of two. The 10-inch square area is cut into colorful wood pieces … one-half, 1/4th, 1/8th, 1/16th, … Continue reading

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Joinks Flexible Connector Toy from Fat Brain

The flexible silicone connectors and wooden sticks allow you to create geometric structures (dodecahedrons, etc.) that bounce, wiggle and move. Contains 10 – 3” sticks, 15 – 5” sticks, 12 – 8” sticks, 6 double connectors, 8 triad connectors, 10 … Continue reading

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Classic Spirograph Is Back!

The classic design toy from your childhood is back … and improved. Explore circular geometry with the Spriograph from Kahootz (officially licensed by Hasbro) uses putty to hold the gears in place and avoids the need for straight pins (no … Continue reading

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Kaleidograph Pattern Design Toy

This unique paper kaleidoscope toy generates billions of different designs and patterns by rotating and flipping the 9 die-cut cards. Each card has a different color on each side and the 60 degree symmetry of the die-cuts produces subtle but … Continue reading

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Froebel Gifts: The First Educational Toys

When Friedrich Froebel created Kindergarten, the first system for educating young children, he also created the first series of educational toys. Froebel used play as the main activity for his school and Spielgabe (play gifts) were the lessons. Gifts 2-6 … Continue reading

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Fraction Blocks Mathematical Puzzle Toy

A simple puzzle and a set of wood building blocks, Fraction Blocks encourage creativity when children build with the shapes and promote problem solving when they return the shapes to the correct location on the board. This educational, fun and … Continue reading

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Wood Geometric Solids

Perhaps the best way to experience the properties of various geometric forms is to hold them in your hands. Regular geometric solids made from wood are a great educational materials for the classroom and homeschool learning environment. These sets often … Continue reading

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Skwish Tensegrity Preschool Math Toy

Skwish is a postmodern take on the classic rattle and winner of numerous awards for its ingeniously simple design. Wooden rods are attached with an elastic string, providing hours of entertainment while developing logical reasoning, fine motor skill, eye-hand coordination, … Continue reading

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Archimedes Square Stomachion Puzzle

Possibly the world’s oldest puzzle, developed over 2200 years ago by Greek mathematician Archimedes, this puzzle was not widely known until fairly recently. Consisting of 14 polygons (3-,4-, and 5-sided aka lattice polygons) of varying sizes and shapes that combine … Continue reading

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Zome Construction System from Zometool

The Zometool construction toy teaches geometry through model building, allowing anyone to create structures (platonic solids, spheres, other shapes) using  plastic struts and connecting nodes (zome). This award-winning toys is used in classrooms and homeschools, but also at NASA and … Continue reading

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