Fractions can be fun! This math manipulative clearly demonstrates the concept behind fractions and includes whole sets of the most common fractions. Use this math tool and then bring the concept to real life by demonstrating fractions on a pizza or cake, for example. The clean design of the fraction circle is due to the laser-cutting of the pieces, all of which are made from certified sustainable alder wood.
For your littlest tot, use these natural, organically finished and sustainably sourced number blocks to introduce number concepts. The 12 piece set includes 10 number blocks (for numbers 0-9), one “equals” block, one 4-sided block with each side devoted to addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and a cotton bag to keep everything together. We love that each number block features a corresponding number of shapes on the opposite side so that kids get a visual reinforcement of the number concept. Of course, it never hurts that the finish on the blocks is made from a local, organic blend of beeswax and camelina oil.
Waldorf math gnomes were a new concept to me, but apparently they are a super popular learning tool! And who wouldn’t want to play with these cute, handmade (and made to order) gnomes? This set comes with 5 gnomes (one each for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), made with 100% wool felt hats and sealed with beeswax. Kids can choose what they use for manipulatives, whether it be pieces of cereal, sticks, or any other group you have lying around the house.
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