Maths Manipulatives – makes Maths fun!

Do your children struggle with Maths?

Do they hesitate and seem unsure?

Are they battling to remember bonds and tables?

Does maths take long because they are computing with difficulty?

A young child needs to practice Maths concepts over and over until they are well-memorized.  This skill makes abstract Maths work easier and quicker.

Young learners need concrete, hand-on manipulatives.  I have had success teaching maths with just a few manipulatives:

  • blocks
  • unifix
  • number value cards
  • wheels
  • flip cards

kinesthetic learners (a child with the learning style that requires movement) enjoy turning wheels, flipping charts or working with something in their hands.  These manipulatives are ideal for workbox activities or individual work before doing formal maths workbook activities.

I have made my own maths number value cards with worksheets and other suggested activities.  I also made some wheels to practice multiplication, division and adding.  These are useful once the child knows the principle and just needs daily reinforcement.  Just click on the title above the photo for your download.

I will continue to upload new activities and remedial help.  Please sign up for an email notification or subscribe to this blog and put my RSS feed on your homepage! You’ll find this on my sidebar halfway down.

Maths Number Value Cards

Maths Number Value Cards cut out the cards and laminate.

Maths Number Value Cards – the rest of the numbers

Math Number Value Application and exercises

Math Number Value  some more exercises

This manipulative is invaluable!  I use it often when working when introducing numbers, adding or subtracting numbers.  It makes perfect sense when we speak about count the ones, then the tens, now the hundreds and so on.

Math Bonds of 10 puzzle

Maths 10 Bonds Puzzle pieces

Maths 10 Bonds Instructions

Maths 10 Bonds Pocket

This is an excellent help! I make my youngster sit on the mat and quickly build the bonds puzzle, then come do some robots or amazing maths squares worksheets.

Maths Add Subtract 2 Wheels

Math Add & Subtract Wheel parts

Math Add & Subtract Wheels

Maths Division Wheels

Maths Division Wheels

(Print this 4 page download on 4 different coloured card stock pages.  Assemble the correct ‘division’ window to the correct cicle.  I printed these muddled so that your window colour will contrast with the wheel.)

Maths Multiply All 2 Circles

Maths Multiply All parts

Maths Multiply All assembled

Maths Multiplications Wheels

Maths Multiplication Wheels

With a few downloads, some printing and cutting and assembling, you’ll soon have a bag of tricks to help make maths practice fun!  I hope these help!


14 thoughts on “Maths Manipulatives – makes Maths fun!

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  3. Thank you so much! Found these just at the right time. They are wonderful! I am thinking of making just a small adaption to your multiplication wheels. I was thinking of adding another window w/flap at the bottom of each one so that my ‘students’ can check their answers. After all, you conveniently left just enough space ;-). Thank you again for all the hard work you put into these!


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  5. Thank you Thank you Thank you for the place value cards. I lost the ones that came with my rightstart kit and my daughter is having a hard time with place value. These are perfect!!


  6. Nadene, I am in awe of the amazing things you put together for your homeschool, your family is truely blessed. Thank you so much for taking the time out to share it all and in-turn, making the road for those of us without your much-needed skills that much lighter.


  7. Hi…I recently found your blog. These math manips are fantastic. I’ve been h’schooling for 10 years now…and sometimes I just need a little something different! I’m printing these out this weekend for my youngers…

    Thank you!


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