These 17 Unifix Cubes Activities and Worksheets can be used to make math more engaging and interesting for kids. Through building stacks and towers of different colors, preschoolers can learn concepts like multiplication, skip-counting, and number recognition. Moreover, a bonus is that they enhance children’s fine motor skills and experience with visuals.
Young learners tend to gravitate toward this activity. The stacks of cubes in a variety of colors are appealing to them. There is an added advantage due to the durability of the linking cubes! Try it out and keep those little hands busy.
Unifix cubes are straightforward and affordable manipulatives that can be integrated into math lessons to make math fun, improve hand strength, and generally help with independent learning. They can be used in many different ways to assist students with grasping abstract concepts that seem daunting. These manipulatives can be used for lower elementary grades, preschool or first grade, and finally even for older kids.
While your little one enjoys the vibrancy of the block, pair these activities with our Colors Activity Mini Pack. Preschoolers can learn math and more about primary and secondary colors !
What are Unifix Cubes?
Unifix Cubes (also known as counting cubes or linking cubes) are colorful interlocking cubes. It can help children understand numbers and mathematical concepts. Each cube represents one unit and has an opening on one side, which can connect or interlock with another cube. They are my little girl’s favorite math manipulatives. Teachers, parents, and educators typically use the cubes to aid in the development of various mathematical and fine motor skills in children. You will especially see or use them at a math center!
Benefits of using Unifix Cubes with preschoolers
- Enhances Fine Motor Skills: Grasping, stacking, and connecting Unifix cubes helps preschoolers develop fine motor skills, especially essential for handwriting.
- Introduces Basic Math Concepts: Additionally, these cubes are excellent for teaching counting, pattern recognition, and early addition and subtraction through physical manipulation.
- Fosters Cognitive Development: Moreover, it encourages problem-solving and logical thinking as children build structures and follow patterns with the cubes.
- Promotes Social Skills: In group settings, Unifix cubes teach children to share, collaborate, and effectively communicate their ideas.
- Versatile Educational Tool: Can be used across various subjects, aiding in teaching language arts i.e. forming letters and science (building models).
- Engaging and Tactile Learning Experience: Finally, the colorful and hands-on nature of Unifix cubes makes learning fun and interactive.
How to Use Unifix Cubes?
These math cubes can be used in a variety of ways i.e. the cubes can help kids practice counting, place value, addition problems, subtraction, multiplication, sorting, comparing, and early fractions. Moreover, they allow children to understand these math concepts in a practical, hands-on way using their senses (sight, touch) and are especially useful for children with learning difficulties.
Check out this video to see what fun activities your kids can enjoy:
Unifix Cube Pack
All you need is a set of Unifix cubes and your ready-to-use printables to unlock hours of enjoying math! My Unifix Cube Cards have been such a hit amongst teachers and parents alike, that I specifically had to create an entire activity pack to enhance the learning experience. The popularity of the Unifix Cube Cards highlights the effectiveness of this teaching approach. Subsequently, this prompted the creation of a comprehensive activity pack, ensuring that the benefits of Unifix cubes extend far beyond individual lessons. Check out our favorite kindergarten and preschool supplies list here.
Activities included in the pack focus on improving a child’s number sense. Basically, children with strong number sense will think flexibly and fluently about numbers.
Undeniably, the activity pack has redefined how math is taught and learned. By offering a simple yet powerful combination of manipulatives and printables, educators and parents can turn any math session into a vibrant, engaging, and effective learning experience while having fun!
We have included sheets that the kids can color in for an added relaxing element. Also consider laminating the task cards and have the kids fill them in with dry-erase markers to prolong the life and durability of the activity.
Unifix cube cards are versatile. For e.g. Lay the activity on a mat and mix up the different color cubes. You can adjust the activity by scrambling the red, green, and yellow cubes.
Activities with Unifix Cubes
The pack has various activities (SEVENTEEN, to be specific), including pattern cards, memory cards, cube mats, number cards, a number line, and more!
1. Build the pattern
Copy the pattern on the flashcards to aid in problem-solving.
3. Build a town
This enhances hand-eye coordination through stacking the cubes.
5. Count the candy
Counting candy? We love associating math concepts with things kids already love.
7. Match the color cubes
Kids love colorful tasks. Undoubtedly, color recognition is an essential part of early childhood education.
9. Alphabet Builder
This activity works on 3 essential skills i.e. letter recognition, a math problem, and tracing! It’s a triple treat.
11. Build the number
A hands-on activity that can help kids get a better ‘feel’ of the numbers. Let them trace the number too.
13. Comparing numbers
This may be the only case where comparison is NOT a thief of joy!
15. Brick patterns
Kids have to build a brick wall using Unifix counting cubes. We love singing the ‘Bob the Builder’ theme song!
2. Continue the pattern
This activity enables the kids to create a pattern and learn about continuity.
4. Stack the numbers
Copy the pattern on the flashcards to aid in problem-solving.
6. Addition Cards
Combine single cubes to understand basic addition.
8. Count and match
Matching games help kids understand the concept of similarities and differences.
10. Roll and race
Roll the dice and add the cubes in this fun game! Yay for easy tasks!
12. Pencil Measurement
How short or tall is the pencil? Bring a tape measure to class and let the kids try to measure each other’s height as a practical example.
14. Stack the number
Use blue cubes, purple cubes, white cubes, or any other color to stack the number!
16. How many more to 10?
Add cubes to the empty spots on the ten frames. Thereafter, write how many are needed to get to 10. This is a slightly advanced activity.
Get a free unifix cube activity: Unifix Cubes For Preschool Math
These worksheets are so useful for classroom activities, one-to-one correspondence, quiet time, or pop quizzes!
Find more no prep worksheets and do some number exploration with our preschool number worksheets.
WHERE TO GET THIS ACTIVITY
There are color and black and white options are available to suit your printing needs.
GET THE UNIFIX CUBES ACTIVITIES PACK HERE
Concepts you can explore with Unifix Cubes
A tub of Unifix cubes are a great introduction to more complex math ideas like:
- Concept of addition
- Place value
- Fractions and their operations
- Mathematical reasoning and logic
- Modeling word problems
- Beginning algebraic expressions
- Math games
Check out this post for more Ways to Use Unifix Cubes.
What’s different between Unifix Cubes and other Counting cubes?
- The material of Unifix cubes is similar to other popular blocks. All are produced from a soft plastic with round edges that make them safer for smaller kids. Moreover, you won’t be seriously injured if you accidentally step on one!
- All counting blocks are available in various colors, similar sizes, and are generally affordable.
- Unifix cubes have flat sides and only one connector. This means they can only be connected in straight lines. There are corner cubes that will allow you to connect at right angles, but most will just link up or down. This makes them unidimensional, which can help keep the kids focused on math and less on the building.
- Many users state that pulling the Unifix Cubes apart is easier than others. This is due to the large connector and expanded hole at the bottom. Modifications make it easier for younger kids with less fine motor control or limited dexterity.
- The Unifix cubes have many different variations, such as:
a) Larger “Jumbo Unifix Cubes,” which are great for younger kids
b) Various bases, magnetic charts, cube holders, and more to go with different lessons and concepts
c) Corner cubes for making 90-degree turns
d) Letter and reading cubes for language arts integrations and work
If you’re keen to know more about the different types of cubes, check out this Ultimate Guide to Unifix Cubes.
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