Wooden Ring Peg Stacker and Early Numeracy Skills

Our Wooden Ring Peg Stackers are not just a convenient way to store Grapat rings but are a versatile play piece and provide ample opportunities for promoting early numeracy skills. 

Here I have written a list of ways we use our Wooden Ring Peg Stackers along with Grapat Rings and Elle Collective Numberdots for a range of numeracy activities with our boys.


Colour Matching and Sorting

Colour matching and sorting are beginning math skills and simple yet fun activities for babies and toddlers. Stacking the rings and sorting by colour allows young children to sort and distinguish between different shades of colours, developing an understanding that things are alike and different and can be organised into different groupings. Stacking the rings promotes hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills for small children when fitting the rings on the pegs. Try setting a challenge of using tongs or Sarah Silk wooden pegs to grasp and stack rings for an added challenge for older children. The grasping and stacking is a wonderful way to build muscle tone in those little hands and fingers. Muscles that will one day support holding a pencil and prepare children for handwriting. 



Identifying and creating patterns is a beginning mathematical skill which engages higher-order thinking in young children, requiring them to see connections and make links. The double pegs on our Wooden Peg Ring Stackers allow for an example pattern to be created on the back pegs, for children to copy on the front pegs. The degree of challenge can be adjusted by changing the number of pegs and/or the number of colours used. Having children then create a pattern for others to solve is a fun challenge for older children. 



We do a lot of counting practise with our Elle Collective Numberdots. Placing the dots along the pegs and having children fill the peg with the number of rings on the Numberdot. Reversing this activity you can fill the pegs with different numbers of rings and ask your child to find the correct Numberdot that matches the number of rings on the peg. By using both rows of pegs, you can increase the numbers you are working with up to twelve and encourage addition by adding the number of rings on both pegs together. 


The double line of pegs on our Wooden Peg Ring Stackers are a perfect way to introduce doubles in early childhood. You can place doubles along the Wooden Peg Ring Stacker and have your child select the correct Numberdot to show the total of the doubles. Reversing the activity you can have the Numberdot along the side and ask your child to identify the doubles and fill the Wooden Pegs with the correct number of rings that total the Numberdot. 

Addition/subtraction and Simple Number Sentences

Recently our eldest has shown an interest in adding numbers together and I have found using our Wooden Peg Ring Stacker the perfect way to introduce simple number sentences. Using concrete materials to teach early addition is important as it allows children to see and feel the objects they are counting helping them to develop concepts of place value and link to the abstract number.  

Place different amounts of rings on the pegs and have children select the correct Numberdots that represent the number on each peg and the total to complete the number sentence.  You can reverse this activity by providing the number sentence and asking your child to stack the correct number of rings to match the number sentence. 

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have any questions. :)