Sunday, May 13, 2012

DIY Fraction Math Manipulatives

Are you teaching about FRACTIONS or about to start a unit on fractions?

The next time you pick up a pizza, ask your pizza shop for an extra small (clean) box. It's a great place to store your fraction manipulatives (which are very easy to make)!

Small Pizza Box to Store Fraction Manipulatives

To make the manipulatives all you need to do is make large circles on cardboard, card stock, or construction paper. Felt also works great. You can use a compass or trace a plate (easier). I was lucky to find a large cardboard circle inside my pizza box!

Next choose the fractions you want to work on. The easiest to make are halves, fourths, and eighths. I just folded a circle in half, another in fourths, and another in eighths. Then I cut out the pieces. I still need to make thirds and sixths. Label the fractions and you are done!

There are lots of different activities that students can do with their fraction pieces. 
  • Comparing Fractions
  • Finding Equivalent Fractions
  • Adding and Subtracting Fractions

Older students can make their own fraction manipulatives. They can also label each fraction with its decimal equivalent and percent. (1/2 = .50 = 50%)

Have fun with math!


  1. This blog is very useful for beginners to understand about fractions and the way of explaining is also very innovative which is easy to understand.

  2. Homemade materials are the best - isn't crazy how much this stuff costs in an edu store? Thanks for stopping by and reading about our wind catchers!

    1. Looking forward to reading more of your posts! :)Thanks for visiting me!



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