Homemade Math Manipulatives

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Math manipulatives help students learn new math concepts in a hands-on way. Math equipment can be expensive, but it's easy to create them for yourself at home. Try some of these ideas for homemade math manipulatives.

What are Math Manipulatives?

Math manipulatives are physical objects that help students learn math concepts using hands-on activity. It's a very good way of introducing new math concepts, because students can understand things in the physical world much easier, before progressing onto pure numbers.

Math manipulatives are useful and fun, but sets of math manipulatives can be expensive. It is therefore often better to find ways to create them with items you find around your home, or things that can be bought cheaply. Let's take a look at some basic homemade math manipulatives.

Homemade Math Manipulatives

Here are a few ideas for homemade math manipulatives:

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