What It Is
Learning about numbers and math can be engaging and fun with the NumbersAlive! program, created by Dr. Rebecca Klemm, aka The Numbers Lady. The program's mission is to improve global numerical literacy by instilling a joy of numbers through fun and friendly number characters, called Team Ten. Team Ten, led by Zero the Hero, accompanies The Numbers Lady and children on education quests. The company claims kids will discover numerical applications and develop concepts of the scientific method. The NumbersAlive! program includes educational toys, books, and out-of-school activities and programming.
The Team Ten characters come to life through a variety of stuffed toys, including Large Numbers. Each 20-inch number is large and soft enough to be used as a pillow. The numbers come with a special hangtag that tells kids more about each number's personality. Each of the numbers ten (0-9) is sold separately.
Why It’s Fun
Kids may enjoy hugging and playing with their soft number friends. The idea behind the Team Ten Large Numbers is to make it fun for young kids to learn numbers, but it will have to be parent-led play, with parents and caregivers actively involved in communicating numbers concepts and devising ways for kids to reinforce those in a play setting.
Who It’s For
The Team Ten Large Numbers are for ages 3 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
The Large Numbers are available at NumbersAlive.org.
As noted above, this will very much require guided play as children don't naturally relate to numbers as they do to characters they see in entertainment. We can't stress enough the importance of adult involvement to make this purchase worthwhile.
The Large Numbers are machine washable. Let them air dry.