Sunday, July 22, 2012

Math Manipulatives

First up: Frog Ropes

I have a TON of these little plastic frogs in my room. 

They can sit on these logs. The kids love using these!

We got these with a math kit our school bought, but you can also buy them here

I took my extra frogs and put them on some craft laces (you can buy a pack of laces at Lakeshore)

These could be used to figure out different number combinations, or you could use them like a simplified abacus to figure out addition/subtraction problems. 

Next: Number Bracelets

I was browsing through Pinterest awhile back when I saw these...

Very cool! You can buy them at Lakeshore, but I decided to make my own. 

I already had LOTS of beads in my classroom from when we did our patterning unit. I picked up some binder rings from Office Max, and voila! Homemade number bracelets. I used my husband's electrical tape (or you could use masking tape or duct tape) to add the numbers. 

I am going to use these for when we learn number combinations. 

Little Minds at Work made a freebie that goes PERFECTLY with these! You can download one for the numbers 3-10.

Click on the picture to take you to her site! She has some other great stuff as well, so make sure you take a look around!


  1. Thanks so much for giving me a "shout out!" I LOVE the idea of placing the beads on a metal ring! They look very nice!

    Tara West
    Little Minds at Work

  2. Great resources, thanks for sharing. Those frog look so colorful and cute. Found your blog through the newbie blog hop and am now your newest follower. :)

    Kinder Cuties

  3. The bracelets are a great alternative to the rek-n-reks! I have awarded you with One Lovely Blog Award. To pick it up go to :)


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  5. Love the bead counting! We use pipe cleaners as well and it's such a great way for the little ones to practice! The metal rings are fabulous!
    ~Christy & Tammy