Count and place the natural wood balls onto the correct numbers of the board. Each dimple in the wood neatly cradles the balls, allowing the child to practice fine motor skills while conceptualizing the value each number represents.
Grouped into columns of five, your child will easily recognize the number through a glance rather than counting one by one. Number 11 is two groups of five plus one more. Or ten and one more. Following the same thinking, see how 14 is ten and four more? What's the difference between the top row and bottom row? The additional row of five for every number. So now you see how 12 plus 5 equals 17. Top row plus five equals number beneath it.