MathsBot’s Manipulatives

MathsBot is a recent discovery of mine which has a few great tools aimed at older maths learners – on loading, it displays resources for GCSE pupils, for example.

However, it also has a section of online manipulatives which are great to use in the Primary classroom – particularly one which may be lacking somewhat in concrete resources.

Now, I know that online and virtual pictorial representations are no substitute for hands on experience, but they still have a place in the classroom.

Right now, there are 12 available:

  • algebra tiles
  • bar modelling
  • counters
  • counting stick
  • Cuisenaire rods
  • Dienes blocks
  • fraction wall
  • geoboard
  • number frame
  • pentominoes
  • place value counters
  • unit box

Of those, a handy way to create place value counters and Dienes blocks, will prove invaluable to me.


Free Download: Mathematical Vocabulary Flashcards

The following ten files are a straightforward set of mathematical vocabulary flashcards. I have grouped them by topic and have written on in small lettering where in the curriculum the term is introduced.

A sample page from the addition and subtraction group is shown below. All of the pages share the same design.

Page 1 of “Addition and subtraction vocabulary.pdf”

Feel free to share with colleagues – I would love to know how they are being used.

Tessellation: M.C. Escher – Metamorphosis Machine

The work of M.C. Escher is full of tessellation and he was inspired – he referred to a ‘mania’ he had – to fill a page with shapes.

With this site, you can make your own metamorphosis and techniques which Escher developed by hand over the years are built into the ‘Metamorphosis Machine’.

The Metamorphosis Machine:

Children can make their own Escher work and become part of the endless metamorphosis.