Attract kids to the science of numbers without sacrificing their fun! Mathematics and design unite to create this ingenious and beautiful toy. Introducing children to the art of counting helps develop their mathematical thinking, coordination, focus and independence. By age four children are ready to learn numbers and concepts like addition and subtraction, quantities, measures, and proportions—all of which can be practiced with this toy. It can also help develop fine motor skills when used as building blocks, a puzzle, or a lacing toy. Aleta uses sanded European beechwood to ensure their products are safe for children. In order to maintain the patina that wood acquires over time they do not use burnishes, but any natural oil or beeswax can be applied. The whole set is conveniently packed in a cotton bag for easy carrying. Recommended for ages 4 and older.