The Twisties
On the screen
Twisties encourage numeral recognition, and develop the child’s sense of sequence and rotation.
The aim is to complete the pictures of the Numberjacks.
The first Twisty has the numbers 1 to 4 and the second twisty has the numbers 5 to 8.
The red button turns the
top half of the Twisty.
The yellow button turns
both halves of the Twisty.
The red button turns the left half of the Twisty.
The yellow button turns both halves of the Twisty.
Ideas
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Talk about the way the buttons make each of the Twisties twist. Does the red button twist it in the same way as the
yellow one?
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Can your child recognise the Numberjacks from their ‘halves’? Ask them which two ‘halves’ of Numberjacks are visible
every time a Twisty twists.
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Guess which number will come next on the top of the first Twisty. On the bottom. Guess which number will come next
on the left hand side of the second Twisty. On the right hand side.
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When the two halves of a Twisty show different Numberjacks, compare the two numbers - Which number is bigger?
Do the numbers come one after another when you count?
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Guess how many goes it will take to make a ‘proper’ picture of a Numberjack.
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Do you think you ‘win’ more quickly by clicking the red button or the yellow button? How could you find out which is
quicker? Is it always quicker?
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Can you make the first Twisty say all the numbers from 1 to 4 in the correct order? Can you make it count down from
4 to 1? Can you make the second Twisty say all the numbers from 5 to 8 in the correct order? Can you make it count
down from 8 to 5? Can you use both Twisties to count up from 1 to 8 in order? To count down?