Charlotte Mason espoused using **concrete **objects for math lessons, and I totally agree. I know that Sprite learned math concepts much faster and with more enjoyment when there was a **hands-on element** (rather than mere numbers on a page). She used math manipulatives all the way into fifth grade, and I admit that we still have some math cubes on the shelf just in case. Also, I made a deliberate effort to keep the math “toys” accessible to her for free play at any time.

When you need a math manipulative **right now, **these free printable templates can come to your rescue. Although not nearly as sturdy as a purchased wooden or plastic set, paper manipulatives can serve their purpose well.

I recommend this article — How to Make the Most of Math Manipulatives by Marilyn Burns — to help you get the biggest educational value from your hands-on activities. (This article is written from a classroom perspective; so adjust as necessary for the homeschool environment.)

I’ve listed what you can find at each site in case you’re looking for something specific.

### 1. Hand Made Manipulative Instructions (html)

- Pattern Blocks
- Base-Ten Blocks
- Base-Five Blocks
- XY-Blocks – Set of X, X2, XY, Y, and Y2 blocks.
- Attribute Blocks
- Rods
- Color Tiles
- Graph Paper

### 2. Math Printables for Home (all files in both pdf and doc formats)

- Dot Paper
- Geoboard Paper
- Graphing Paper
- Pattern Blocks Grid
- Hundreds Chart
- Base Ten Blocks
- Place Value Chart
- Nets for 3D shapes
- Pattern Blocks

### 3. Houghton Mifflin Math (pdf)

This site has *so *much it can be overwhelming. Here’s how to navigate to the printable manipulatives: choose a grade level, then **Teaching Tools. **Repeat this process with various grade levels to find different printable games and hands-on manipulatives. To make it easier, here are the links to each grade.

### 4. SEN Teacher (pdf)

- nets (3D models)
- clocks
- number cards
- coin worksheets
- coin cards
- coin fans
- math spinner
- coin dominoes
- volume cubes
- place value cards
- number lines
- graphs

### 5. Kentucky Center for Mathematics (most files in both pdf and doc formats)

- compass
- hundreds chart
- numeral track
- fraction rulers

### 6. Donna Young (pdf)

- math paper
- graph paper
- number lines
- money and coins

### 7. Manipulatives for Upper Elementary– grades 4-6 (most files in both pdf and html formats)

- Geometric Solids
- Base Ten Blocks
- Geoboard
- Colour Tiles
- Addition Mat
- Tangrams
- Pattern Blocks
- Blocks & Cubes
- Isometric Dot Paper

### 8. Mathematics Enhancement Program (pdf)

- Number Cards
- Number Lines
- Sign Cards
- Shape Cards
- Shape Cards with dots

### 9. Printable Math Game Boards (pdf & doc)

- shapes
- addition
- fractions

### 10. Game Boards at Jefferson County Schools (ppt & doc)

game boards and card templates for creating your own games

### 11. Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop (pdf)

printable games for grades 1-5

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This is a great list! Thank you!

Fantastic list, Jimmie! Thanks so much.

You are right -this is the ultimate list. What a resource!

Wow! Great list! Thanks…

Thank you very much!

Omigosh! I think I love you for this list.

Jimmie! Come post at Math Monday Blog Hop:

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We’d love to have you on the list!!

Cindy

Wow!!! I can only imagine how much time you put into this. Great resource, sharing.

Wonderful Resources! Thank you so much for compiling and sharing this!

Yea! Thank you for posting on Math Monday!!

Oh I adore all the stuff by Marilyn Burns I’ve read so far. She has some great books entitled A Collection Of Math Lessons for varying ages. I never thought I’d say this about math books, but you could seriously curl up with them they are that good!

Ooh wonderful! I’ve bookmarked your list and these wonderful sites. Thanks for sharing!

Oh thank you so much for this awesome posy. I will link it up on my homeschool resource website. Love it ! Thank you once again.

Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together and to share it. This will save me a lot of time!

I am very impressed. This is a very creative way to teach. I can learn a lot from this site myself. Thanks for the knowledge

Thumbs up for the list.*****

Great site! Thank you for sharing!

Jimmie!!! Thank you!

Love this!!! Thank you so much for sharing the compilation.

This is a great list. My 8 year old is an avid reader and devours books. I’m always looking for more good ones to engage him.

This is a super fantastic list.

I would like really to thank you for taking all your time to share all these resources.

I loved all the resources you are very creative.