Ultimate List of Printable Math Manipulatives & Games

by Jimmie Lanley on April 13, 2011

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.  Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop (pdf)

printable games for grades 1-5

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

game boards and card templates for creating your own games

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary April 13, 2011 at 7:24 am

This is a great list! Thank you!


Sherry April 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

Fantastic list, Jimmie! Thanks so much. :)


Phyllis April 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

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


Palmy April 13, 2011 at 9:50 am

Wow! Great list! Thanks…


Marika April 13, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Thank you very much!


Katrina April 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Omigosh! I think I love you for this list. :-)


Cindy April 13, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Jimmie! Come post at Math Monday Blog Hop:


We’d love to have you on the list!! 😉


Joyce April 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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


Natasha April 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

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


Cindy April 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Yea! Thank you for posting on Math Monday!! 😉


Kendra April 14, 2011 at 5:59 am

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!


Nadene April 15, 2011 at 10:48 am

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


Umm Umamah August 30, 2011 at 1:35 am

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.


Sharla September 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

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


zina toliver January 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm

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


shandulah February 13, 2012 at 10:12 am

Thumbs up for the list.*****


JC March 16, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Great site! Thank you for sharing!


Rebecca April 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Jimmie!!! Thank you!


Rachel August 12, 2012 at 11:13 pm

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


math games June 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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.


Rania August 5, 2014 at 11:07 pm

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.


Matt May 31, 2015 at 7:58 pm

What a great list of resources! Thanks for sharing.


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