The SumBlox concept was developed by David Skaggs when he volunteered to be a tutor at the Saigling Elementary School in Piano Texas. He found whilst tutoring student Elijah that his lack of attention made him lose interest in math games. In December 2012 whilst developing the lesson plan for Elijah he imagined the concept of stacking numbers to create 10. In 2013 he began cutting SumBlox prototypes out of wooden in his fathers garage in Utah before returning to Texas and the Saigling Elementary School in March with a few sets of blocks. Elijah was the first student to try out the blocks immediately he had a genuine interest in the blocks and using them to work out fractions and solve problems. The games were then adapted into the curriculum and in 2014 Sumblox as a business was launched.