Fidgit Spinners are certainly the hot toy with my age group of kids right now and to capture that interest and use it for thinking about numbers, Grade Twos were challenged to make fidgit spinners using 8 cube-a-link cubes in one or two colours. Then they had to tell me a number sentence about eight that those cubes show. The first one in the pictures below could be labelled as 7 + 1 and the next is 4 + 4.
Getting kids to see numbers in everything helps with their sense of numeracy and to think flexibly. It was fun too!