KinderGals: Making the Most of Your Math Manipulatives: Colored Tiles

## Wednesday, January 4, 2017

### Making the Most of Your Math Manipulatives: Colored Tiles

Making the Most of Your Math Manipulatives: Colored Tiles
Pattern Blocks, Unifix Cubes, Colored Tiles...3 things you will find in most primary classrooms. (or in a storage closet close by! :)) This year I am trying to revisit some of the materials that we find in most classrooms and develop activities to use them! When I am cleaning up the classroom and I have to blow the dust off of a manipulative, that lets me know that I am not getting the most from that resource! Michele and I sat down and planned a few activities to cover each of the math standards using colored tiles.  Here are a few of those activities.
Counting
Frame It! is a fun game! To make the game, we picked some clip art, and put squares around the edge of the picture to create a frame. Laminate the frames. To play the game: invite the children to use two colors to make a pattern frame around the picture. Then, they sort and count each color. If you want to use a recording sheet, invite the children to count the tiles and write the numerals by each color.  (You could also have them compare the numerals!)
Data
To practice collecting and analyzing data, use the fun activity! To make the spinner, slip a brad through a paper clip.  Insert the paper clip into the laminated cardstock spinner. To play the game, invite the children to spin the spinner. Each time the spinner lands on a color, the children place a tile that color onto their graph. When one of the colors reaches the top of the graph, stop! On the recording page, the children draw their graph and analyze the data.
Shapes
For this activity, we wanted the children to look at various shapes in the environment. We went through our photographs and found pictures of shapes in the environment. Laminate. To play, the children use colored tiles to cover the shape. If you want the kids to use a recording page, have them count how many squares it takes to cover each photograph.