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A Creative Mom Uses 36 Cube to Build Early Math Skills!

The following post is from the Pajama Projects blog. Written by a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom, Pajama Projects shares fantastic tips and ideas for teaching young children through innovative and fun at-home activities!

We love the way this creative mom took “The World’s Most Challenging Puzzle” and made it an age-appropriate math challenge for her young learner!

Child studies 36 Cube Puzzle

This is our own way to use ThinkFun’s 36 Cube.  You can find this puzzle and the real way to use it by clicking here.  For those of you who like those golf tee puzzles at Cracker Barrel – this one is for you, but it’s a bit more challenging.Child studies 36 Cube Puzzle


We play with this almost daily, but in our own way.  We sometimes sort by color- get all the greens together, all the oranges, and so on.  Then we sort them from shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest.  Sometimes we put all the tall ones together, and then group them by size rather than color.  There are so many ways to play with them.  They also have grooves in them, where they are sectioned, so we can group by the number of sections each has as well.  This helps improve counting skills.

Child studies patterns using 36 Cube Puzzle

Overall, we have not used this game as intended at all, but have found it to be one we go to often and are always finding new fun and educational things to do with “it”.  Check it out… it really is a good one for all the family (for different reasons)!

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