Manipulatives At Home

If the game calls for:

You can use:


  • Pennies

  • M&M’s

  • Legos/blocks

  • Buttons

  • Pasta (ziti, shells)

  • Cereal (Cheerios, Fruitloops…etc)


  • Number cards 1-6 in a bag

(If it calls for a pair, then double your numbers)

  • There’s an “app for this” too!

Number Cards

  • Playing cards with face cards taken out

  • Create your own set with index cards/pieces of paper and save for next time

Connecting Cubes

  • Legos

  • Blocks

Anything that can be placed in a row instead of connected works (like the materials mentioned for counters)

Number Line/100’s Chart

  • In your Handbooks

  • Available online, Google

Dot Cards

On index cards/pieces of paper make dots for each number instead of the number (usually 1-6)