Spindle Boxes with 45 Spindles

45 loose wooden spindles are contained in two wooden boxes of five compartments each with the numerals 0-9 printed above each compartment.

Aim:

  • To show that numbers can represent a collection of separate objects (as opposed to the extent of a single quality). 
  • To give an experience of the quantity 'zero'. 
  • To ground the realisation that '0' to '9' are all the symbols needed for arithmetic.

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