baking supplies like flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and measuring cups and spoons?
a ruler and a yard stick?
I don't think you need anything beyond those things at all. Unless you want to buy some cool 3D geometric shapes to play with. They look like so much fun!!!
We keep it simple on the bought manipulatives. Right now in our cupboard (I have a 5th grader, btw) are these items:
-MUS blocks and fraction pieces
-Multiplication/place value mat to go with MUS blocks.
-Allowance board game
-Cathedral game (the board goes well with one of the Sir Cumference books, too, to make a perfect castle floor)
-Pick up sticks
-Thinkin' Logs and Brownie counter from The Toymaker
-Two balance scales - one with flat trays and one with "magic" counting weights
-Fill-able geometric figures
-Tangrams and cards
-Wooden geometric shapes
-Fraction pizza game
-The usuals: compass, ruler, caliper ruler, protractor.
It looks like a longer list than it actually is. This all fits in one cubby, and then our math books go on a side bookcase.
helps teach coin value in a fun way
you have to spin the spinner and come up with allowance not using certain coins - ex. make 30 cents not using quarters.
~ cuisenaire rods
~ pattern blocks
~ fraction circles (my kids love these!) and the rings that help learn fractions, time etc.
~ various dice
~ Dime blocks
~ pentominoes (flat and 3D)
~ various measuring devices rulers, calipers, measuring tapes, scales, spring scales, thermometer etc
~ wooden 3d shapes (cone, cube cylinder etc) and hollow plastic 3d shapes for playing with volume
~ poker chips
~ base ten blocks (lots of singles, 10s and 100s and 1 thousand block)
~ plastic links -fun for patterning and measuring
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Raisins are a good one too.
And money - coins and bills - are fantastic.
the little plastic bears
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There are so many ways to use them. We play a lot of "War" with my 4-year-old, and there are more advanced versions like "Addition War" where you play two cards at once and whoever has the higher sum wins. Crazy eights is a good game for number matching and logic. We also play Cuisenaire rod bingo to learn the values associated with Cuisenaire rods - lay out an array of cards from A-10 and then draw rods from a bag until someone gets bingo.
An older child could learn quite a bit about probability by playing poker.
Pattern blocks and tangrams get the most use after the gems.
Plastic links...for counting, pattern/sequence, and measuring everything in the house.
View-thru geometric solids, ours open and can be filled with various things for experimenting with volume etc.
geoboards and rubber bands.
small platform scale and weights
We made our own fraction circle/pizzas out of construction paper.
This isn't specifically what you asked for..... Although we do own manipulatives, I also like to think of real life activities that naturally incorporate math skills.
Here are some ideas;
*Create a monthly calendar- (year, months, days of the week, no. of days in each month, counting days to an event/holiday, keep track of weather and temp.)
* Discuss time (routines, TV shows, what time Dad comes home, we'll be leaving in x amount of time)
*Track the kids' growth by keeping a visible growth chart and having a scale.
(use butcher paper, masking tape, cash register tape)
*Piggy banks- include the kids in the planning of their and your purchases (find sales, cut coupons, compare prices, count money)
*Cooking (measuring, temperature to set on oven, using a timer/the clock, dividing in fractions, shapes, .....)
* Playing board games or sports (keeping score- numbers, tally marks)
More schooly type----
*Keep a simple timeline (or make a scrap book that includes dates)
* Make a number line and tape to the floor- let them write one number in daily, see how far they can jump or tape it up on the wall.
*Make "hundreds charts" (use counters (beans, paper clips, etc.) to count by 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s