Five Great Ideas for Learning with Mathlink Cubes

Five Great Ideas for Learning with Mathlink Cubes

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A week or two ago I was sent a mathlink cube activity set from Learning Resources. I am a big fan of the items that Learning Resources produce as they’re always quality items and ones that the children tend to use again and again.

We have had great fun playing with these mathlink cubes, and there are so many different uses for them that I wanted to share just five of the ways that we have used them so far.

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Basic Sums – Mr D is at the stage where he is able to do some basic calculations. He finds it useful to use the cubes when he is doing these sums, so if the sum is 3 + 2, he will place three cubes on one side, two on another and this helps him make the sum up.

Exploring 3d Objects – the cubes fit together in a number of ways which means you can make different shaped 3d objects, rather than one length of cubes clicked together. Twinkl have some sheets aimed at year 3 onwards that demonstrate this idea. We have used them to create larger cubes, or steps. The principle is the same though and it’s a good way for the children to get an understanding of how things fit together.

Pattern Making – the cuves come in ten different colours so they are perfect for making patterns with. In the activity set we were sent there are some pattern cards already in which prompt you to complete them but it would also be pretty easy to make your own patterns up. Miss E in particular enjoyed doing these.

mathlink cubes learning resources

Demonstrating doubling – the mathslink cubes are great for demonstrating the ideas of doubling numbers. Mr D needs to see things to understand the mathematical ideas so by showing him five and then ten cubes, it helps him to understand one is twice as big as the other

Estimating and predicting – We have only touched on this a little bit but it is something I think we will do more of in the coming weeks and months. Using the cubes we initially started to estimate the number of cubes needed to measure the length of certain objects. As we did this a few times Mr D was getting better at being able to more accuratley estimate the number needed. For his birthday in October we have bought him a bucket balance. We will be using the cubes to estimate and predict how many are needed to match the weight of various objects. Again, twinkl has a great little worksheet for this.

mathlink cubes learning resources

We plan to follow the Maths! No problem curriculum with the children (I’ll be getting the first set of books next month so do pop back to see how we get on). The mathslink cubes will be one of the many manipulatives that we have to hand. I plan to get these fraction cubes, a Base 10 set and some Cuisenaire rods too to go with our bucket balance, wooden numbers and other manipulatives. We leave out the bits we have in a basket and I often find the children helping themselves to them as they work on their various games.

five great ideas for hands on learning with math link cubes. Great for preschool, reception and Key Stage 1 (KS1)



  1. 26th July 2017 / 09:44

    I have these stored in a cupboard and they haven’t been used. Ollie starts year 1 this September and i can see this being such a useful resource! I love the ideas and they will definitely come in useful!

  2. 26th July 2017 / 11:16

    I love Learning Resources and regularly use their products at school. These cubes are fantastic for teaching children.

  3. jennifer durrans
    26th July 2017 / 19:47

    Sounds like such a good idea for the kids during the time off school. And a great way to learn!

  4. 26th July 2017 / 21:53

    These look lovely and tactile and perfect for home learning.

  5. 27th July 2017 / 00:19

    We have the maths cubes but I didn’t know about the sheets on Twinkl so thanks for sharing. I am a member of Twinkl and these will be really useful.

  6. 27th July 2017 / 11:09

    I remember using these in maths classes as a child! Perfect for times tables. X

  7. 27th July 2017 / 22:06

    OMG!! I had totally forgotten about these – I used them in school. They’re so much fun 🙂

  8. 28th July 2017 / 21:04

    These look fab. I am going to check this out, my little girl would love this!

  9. 28th July 2017 / 21:24

    These look really great. I must check out Twinkl. I’d love to discover some new clever ways to teach my three year old. xx

  10. 28th July 2017 / 21:28

    I love toys that encourage learning whilst they play fun games with them. I can remember Ellie starting maths at school and using things like this (or buttons at home!) for adding up and taking away. Visualising them really does seem to help with getting started with maths.

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