Do your kids need help learning maths and times tables?

This is a short little review about a pair of gloves I was sent a while back for Caroline to try out. It’s getting to gloves time of year again and since everyone knows I love encouraging families outdoors, these are great for any wildlings who might benefit from some extra maths support while enjoying some outdoor learning (without realising).

Image of girl in blue jacket in front of tree and mossy bank holding up spread fingers wearing grey gloves with yellow numbers on fingertips and the word COGS on palm

Gloves for Maths

At first I was bemused – gloves to help with maths?! I wasn’t hot at maths at school and it’s taken me half a lifetime for any times table learning to sink in! Anything that helps with maths has to be a good thing in my book. But gloves with numbered fingers?

Counting Gloves

COGS stands for Counting On Gloves and it turns out they are quite clever. They could really help children learn about numbers and times tables and would be useful for home school and home educated kids too.

Image of short haired girl in blue jacket holding up hands in woodland wearing grey gloves with yellow numbers on each fingertip

Numbers at Your Fingertips

Each finger is numbered to help children learn maths without realising. For beginners and younger children the fingers are simply numbered one to ten, then there are gloves for the basic times tables, 2, 5 and 10, supporting the Key Stage 1 Curriculum.

For older kids, the 3, 4 and 6 times tables support Key Stage 2 and finally the harder 7, 8 and 9 times tables are available.

The COGS website includes online videos explaining how to use the gloves including games and exercises to use for each stage.

Image of pair of grey COGs gloves with different yellow numbers on each fingertip and white card label stating COGS

Machine Washable

Made from acrylic, polyester-elastane they are machine washable at 30 degrees.

Choice of Colours

In a choice of four colours, blue, grey, pink and red, COGS are a one size fits all glove.

How did those little hands get so big from the ones we’ve got imprinted in clay when she was tiny?! But yes, one size really does fit all.

Image of close up of one adult hand, one child hand both wearing grey gloves with yellow numbers on fingertips
It’s hard to tell whose hand is bigger

How to Buy COGS

Counting Gloves cost from £2.95 for a single pair to £19.95 for a set of 10 (1-10 times tables) with packs of varying size in between for the Key Stages.

To buy a pair (or few) of COGS Counting on Gloves check out the COGS website.

For more reviews and kit for kids suggestions take a look at Kids of the Wild’s review section.