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.