So you may be thinking that a set of Cuisenaire would be worth getting. You might be wondering if it’s worth the money. A tough decision I agree. Will it be useful? Will it turn out to be just another “thing” sitting around gathering dust?
If you can’t decide, have a go on a virtual set of Cuisenaire. There is a great free one on the NRICH website. It’s called the Cuisenaire Environment, you can find it . NRICH is a great website for all things maths, you might like to have an explore.
I have also got the Brainingcamp maths manipulatives on my iPad. The Number Rods are similar to Cuisenaire, the colours don’t quite match but I don’t suppose that matters. It’s not free but it’s not expensive either.
The best learning and fun happens with the actual rods but I just thought you might want to try some of the ideas with a virtual set while you decide whether it’s for you or not.
If you do decide to go for a set of Cuisenaire I highly recommend the real stuff, it’s available from the The Cuisenaire Company. I’ve used many different Cuisenaire rods and I like these the best. They look and feel lovely, kids are excited to use them. I always buy my Cuisenaire from them.
If you try any Cuisenaire activities and want to get in touch, I’d genuinely love to hear from you. Take a look at my Parents page, if you want to know a bit more about the way I work.