Math manipulatives for little ones

(This idea was originally posted in April, 2008)

Who says you have to buy all sorts of fancy math manipulatives?  Crayons and tape squares work great at our house.  (The math I use for kindergarten through 3rd grade is Alpha Omega Horizon.)

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  1. Painter’s tape?

  2. Yes– it is nice and bright, and it comes off the counter easily. I’ve been amazed that even the three year old has been interested in doing addition this way!

    Mary

  3. What a neat idea. My youngest daughter would really enjoy this.

  4. My 3 year old added something up today and I was amazed. We haven’t worked on that, but obviously, she’s been listening to her 5 year old brother’s homeschooling. 🙂 I’m going to do with with her. I love manipulatives.

  5. Great idea – thanks 🙂

  6. What a wonderful and sweet idea!

  7. What a fun idea!

  8. Thanks for the idea. I have been thinking about how I can homeschool for very little next year without missing out on quality. This is a great idea that would cost nest to nothing.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  9. Thanks for sharing!

  10. We use painters tape for everything! It also makes a good mark on the wall for aiming for young boys who can’t sit still while learning. 🙂

  11. Wow, what a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

  12. That is an awesome idea! I am going to have to try that with my oldest. Thanks for the tip!

  13. What a sweet picture and good idea!

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  14. Picture’s worth a thousand words! Great tip 🙂

  15. I LOVE this idea!!!! Thank you!!!!

  16. That’s a cool idea! I wish I’d learned math in a more “visual” way. I think it would’ve helped me understand it more.

  17. What a super idea! And my girls enjoyed seeing the picture of your girls having fun with math! Gotta get me some painter’s tape today! 🙂

  18. GREAT idea! I’ll be trying this soon, for sure.

  19. Love this idea so much I’m blogging about it! Always looking for great Math ideas!

    Blessings,

    Valerie

    P.S. All your food dishes in your meme look amazing!

  20. i’m always looking for ways to save money homeschooling. i have never bought the manipulatives and use M&Ms a lot (for counting, reward and my sanity!)

  21. Thanks for sharing. I’ve done the same thing, just by putting the crayons on separate side of a piece of paper. Just last week we were learning about money, so my kids got to come to my crayon store and “buy” crayons, each color group was a different price.

    I also wrote about math manipulatives not too long ago http://family6-time.blogspot.com/2011/02/math-manipulatives.html

  22. you know, that is a great tip for classroom teachers as well, especially if the students are sitting at tables rather than individual desks. i remember being in first grade using pencils to help me learn addition. ooohh.. make it vertical with 2-3 rows of boxes. oh, my brain just went all wonky with ideas. if only i were getting a phd in elementary ed and not instructional technology with a *focus* on teacher education.

  23. oops! a sentence got left out there. that should have been..

    i wonder if that would work with carrying..

    and then the rest of the post

    ooohh.. make it vertical with 2-3 rows of boxes. oh, my brain just went all wonky with ideas. if only i were getting a phd in elementary ed and not instructional technology with a *focus* on teacher education.

  24. I *love* this idea!! I am so going to do this with the preschoolers on Thursday!