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Teaching Addition Through Manipulatives: A Free Game

Updated on June 29, 2018
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Brian has a Masters of Education from Southern Utah University. He works as a behavior specialist & is training to be a behavior analyst.

Saving Instructions

First, right Click each image.

Then, scroll to and select Save Image As (may vary between browsers, but it is the same idea).

Then, select the directory you want the file to be saved to. If you do not have that option, go the the Downloads folder on you comupter and the pictures should be there.

Finally, feel free to print them on any matterial such as cardboard or paper.

Teaching with Manipulatives

Manipulatives are things that students can manipulate during the learning process. Learning fractions with dominos is an example. The biggest problem teachers face is the cost of good manipulatives. Publishers charge way to much for simple games and teacher often have too little time to make their own. That is why I have designed this game that any parent or teacher can save and print. I have also posted a Subtraction Game in another hub. In both cases the games are free to anyone who wishes to use them so long as they do not sell them. Instructions on how to save the pictures are on the left.

What You Need:

Aside from the pictures below. You will need some manipulatives. The good news is these are cheap and easy to find. I used cardboard squares cut from an old box. But you could use rocks, magnets, even Skittles.

These pictures are free to those who will use them for teaching. Users have permission to use them so long as they are not sold for profit. The pictures were designed by the author of this article.
These pictures are free to those who will use them for teaching. Users have permission to use them so long as they are not sold for profit. The pictures were designed by the author of this article.
Once you print the numbers out, cut them out so they can be used on the game board above. Lamination is suggested.
Once you print the numbers out, cut them out so they can be used on the game board above. Lamination is suggested.

© 2012 Brian Middleton

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