Children are exposed to mathematical concepts like sequencing and one to one correspondence through hands-on manipulatives. By touching and interacting with specifically designed colored beads, wooden spools, and number games, children will be able to understand the abstract world of math through concrete experiences.
For example, each wooden spool represents the concept of “one”. Therefore, if a child has picked up ten wooden spools they can see and feel how ten spools are physically different and “more than” one spool.
Given a child’s tendency to only understand concrete experiences, this introduction to math is much more meaningful than simply telling a child 10 is more than 1, or having a child count from 1 to 10.