But what are numbers if not symbols in any case. Youngsters may have trouble writing or drawing their numbers but this would be an opportunity to give them a sense of equality - one person's representation of a number could be seen as good as another's.
To give an idea of this we can come up with the idea of a box, and in this box we'll place a number. We can start with putting in a random amount of objects (e.g. coins, buttons, and sweets). This gives an opportunity for counting.
This could lead to a picture of a box. The box could fit into an expression. For example, whatever is in the box plus 5 makes 10. Other arithmetic machines could be introduced to practise 'solving algebra'.
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