# COUNTING STICKS

COUNTING STICKS  is an educational toy that can be used in many different
ways. The set contains 28 sticks, 56 colored beads and  cards with patterns. The basic variant of the game requires players to recreate the patterns from a randomly selected card. Players recreate the pattern by calculating the right number of sticks and beads, selecting the elements in the right color and combining them in the correct configuration. The game may serve as an excellent opportunity to teach younger children how to count using real objects. The game has a positive effect on manual dexterity, helping to develop small motor skills. It may be used to improve visual analysis and synthesis as well as perceptiveness. By using COUNTING STICKS I children can stimulate and develop their imagination and creativity. The toy can be used to create various types of sequences. The elements of the set may be adapted as pieces to play domino or pick-up sticks. Colored beads will be useful for teaching children how to distinguish colors. Sticks can be arranged in various shapes like letters of the alphabet, numbers or basic geometric figures. One may use sticks to replace old fashioned matches as an educational aid while explaining mathematical equations. Sticks from the set may also be used for a game of skill, for instance – building a tower while following previously set rules (e.g.at least one of the beads touching each other must be in the matching colour). Another creative way to play with COUNTING STICKS involves creating shapes and their mirror reflections. The set’s package consists of a cotton sack that can be used to the draw elements. By incorporating the cotton sack into the game one may add an extra level of difficulty while recreating the patterns from the cards. The cards included in the set should be treated as inspiration that will encourage children to create their own patterns.
How to play domino using COUNTING STICKS ?
Divide the sticks equally between the players, leaving the beads in the sack. The youngest player starts the game by drawing 2 beads from the sack and putting them on the tip of the stick. The stick becomes the first, starting piece of the domino. The next player repeats the action and, if it is possible, he or she adds their stick to the matching end in order to create a chain. The game is played until players use all of the beads. The winner is the person who first uses all of his or her sticks or has the least of them. The game can be played two ways: either players draw the beads after each move and add only one stick to the chain or the players draw the same number of beads before the game starts, put them on the sticks and add their pieces to the chain for as long as they match.