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Comparing numbers is an important part of building number sense and it is also a super fun skill to practice! One of our favorite ways to compare numbers is with linking cubes. They are a “must-have” manipulative in early childhood classrooms because we can count them, stack them, sort them, measure them – the possibilities are endless! This free printable Cube Towers Comparing Numbers Activity is a hands-on way for students to work on number recognition, counting, and comparing all at once!
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Cube Towers Comparing Numbers Activity
In our math centers, linking cubes are one of our favorite “go-to” items. We use them for practice with counting, building patterns, sorting, addition/subtraction, and more.
This simple manipulative is so versatile and fun, so I decided to create an engaging and interactive activity for comparing numbers. This printable Compare the Cube Towers game is perfect for small groups and math centers in Pre-K, TK, and Kindergarten!
How to Prep
We included a color version AND black and white version of the number cards if you are looking to save ink! Just print the black and white cards on colored cardstock to still add a colorful element to the game.
Next, simply print out the Compare the Cube Towers activity mat and as many recording sheets as needed. Now it’s time to grab those linking cubes and you’re ready to play!
Time to Play!
To play, students start by picking two cube number cards and placing them on the activity mat.
Next, they will begin building cube towers to match the corresponding numbers on the cube cards.
Teacher Tip: Encourage students to match the color of their cube towers to the color on the cube cards for bonus practice with color recognition.
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After the kids have built their two towers, they can write the numbers in the boxes on the recording sheet.
Lastly, they can use their cube towers to identify which tower is taller and circle the bigger number.
This activity is a simple and effective way to practice comparing numbers by providing a visual, hands-on, and written representation. Plus, it’s tons of fun!
Grab Your FREE Copy
Are you ready to start building towers and comparing numbers with your kiddos? Get your free copy of the printable Compare the Cube Towers game by clicking the large, yellow download button at the end of the post!
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