Easy Homeschool Activities Using Manipulatives

July 16, 2020
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By using manipulatives in your homeschool classroom, you can provide concrete examples for abstract concepts and more fully engage your child during the learning process. Regardless of your child’s learning style, try these hands-on activities to help with retention and offer a deeper level of comprehension.


Mix up colorful counting objects and have your child sort them by color. Students can also stand up certain objects for extra dexterity practice. You can also have them count the number of objects by color.


Have your child find and copy patterns, mixing up the colors and number of items in each line and matching the complexity of the patterns to the age of your child. To make this a self-led activity, print out patterns ahead of time and give your little one a stack of pattern cards to match.


Create a number chart. Then, pick two numbers on the number chart and have your child figure out how many numbers they are apart. For example, give your child the numbers 5 and 18. This is a great activity to supplement lessons on subtraction and addition.


Find the length of a movie your child wants to see. First, ask your child to show on a learning clock all the different times the movie starts in the theater. Next, show what time each showing of the movie will end. To integrate with art, have your child draw a poster for the movie.


K-2 Learning Resources

Experience the hands-on fun of learning with manipulatives for yourself with LIFEPAC’s Launch Packs! From colorful counting bears to toy money and flash cards, LIFEPAC’s Launch Packs for grades K-2 provide you with many fun resources for early learning success.


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