Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DIY Wooden Base Ten Blocks

I've always wanted to get some base ten blocks for exploring math at home, but I find the plastic ones kind of...well, ugly. And the foam ones aren't any better. Ideally, I wanted plain wooden base ten blocks, but couldn't find any. Then I found the perfect solution at the dollar store! So here's how I made my own wooden base ten blocks.

DIY wooden base ten blocks for math learning from And Next Comes L

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I chose to only make tens and ones since it would take me forever to make hundreds and thousands. But I may make some in the future. Here's what you'll need to make the ones and tens as pictured above:

To make the ones, you will just use 10 mini wood cubes. No gluing involved. To make the tens, simply hot glue 10 mini wood cubes together until you make a long stick. That's it!

These DIY wooden base ten blocks look so much nicer than the plastic blocks and the foam blocks. They will be a great way to practice counting and place value.

Here are some other great DIY math manipulatives to try:

DIY wooden base ten blocks for math learning from And Next Comes L
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  1. I like that but I would use Velcro dots so they can do all the way to 100 like in saxon math. and paint each ten set of ones different colors. then you can work on patterning as well with them. do story or word problems as well. many uses.

    1. Lovely suggestions, Suzie Homemaker!