In introducing mathematical concepts, real and tangible objects make it easier for young children to grasp new concepts when they can touch, see, and experience them with physical rods, counters, golden beads, etc.
Let’s tell time!
And if not now, when?
The sundial reminds me of this quote from Confucius:
“An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade.”
“The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos