This Count and Link manipulative is a fun way for children to work on their counting skills while also providing a visual cue for quantity and comparisons. The links snap onto the trunks of the elephants and the children then add more links until they match the number of links that have put together to the number on the elephants blanket.
This is one of those math manipulatives that looks pretty straightforward at first, but on second glance, you can see how it can be much more complex as the children develop.
Put two elephants together and have the children add up how many links there are all together for some simple addition. Turn the trunks to face one another an attach the links from both to create a visual idea of “all together.”
Sort the links by color and have the children only put the colored links on the elephants that match.
Ask the children to create a pattern while attaching the links.
Use the links as a developmental tool to support fine motor skills.