When it comes to math, having physical objects you can move, or manipulate, often helps kids to better understand the problem. (We love using playdough for subtraction.) At home your child can use small cars, erasers, and buttons to help solve addition and subtraction problems. Your child can also make these homemade base 10 math manipulatives.
Homemade Base 10 Manipulatives:
To make your own base 10 manipulatives you will need pipe cleaners and small beads.
Cut the pipe cleaners into 2 1/2 – 3 inch long pieces.
Have your child string 10 beads onto each piece of pipe cleaner. (I really like how my first grader put hers on in a pattern!)
How we used our base 10 manipulatives:
Once we had our manipulatives ready, I got out two bowls from our play kitchen. We put our sets of 10 in one bowl and a handful of single beads (our 1’s) in a separate bowl.
I also got out a set of number cards.
We talked about the place value for each digit in the two-digit number. Then we counted out the 10’s and 1’s to represent our number.
We did this several times together, stopping to count each and ever bead on our manipulatives to prove we really had the same number of beads as the number.
We also used our manipulatives when counting by 10’s, lining them up as we count.
You can also use them to work on double digit addition, following the directions in our ebook ABC’s & 123’s.
For other ideas on how to make your own base 10 manipulatives, check out The Measured Mom.
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