Around the Web: Homemade Learning Manipulatives

There’s a lot of learning potential in the simple items you can either find around your home or make yourself with a little creativity. There are many benefits to making your own learning manipulatives. It can be a fun, rewarding experience that allows you to save some money and perfectly tailor the end product to your child and your lesson. And with so many parents and educators sharing their ideas, inspiration is just a click away! Here are fifteen favorites from around the web. 

Around the Web: Homemade Learning Manipulatives

  1. Create your own sandpaper letter set via Inner Child Fun
  2. Practice colors and fine motor skills with paint chip clothespins via Homeschooling in the Rose Garden
  3. Get in some more color recognition and fine motor skills practice with this apple picking activity via Fireflies and Mudpies
  4. Fold your own chatterbox paper games for a variety of learning games via Childhood Beckons
  5. Study fractions with printable fraction strips via Montessori Tidbits
  6. Put together your very own nature study kit using recyclables found around your home via Inner Child Fun
  7. Learn more about color mixing with ziplock bag painting via Homeschooling in the Rose Garden
  8. Identify colors and explore nature with this simple color matching activity via Fireflies and Mudpies
  9. Create your own set of story stones via Inner Child Learning 
  10. Make your own homemade rain gauge from a recyclable via The Imagination Tree
  11. Practice phonics with a car phonics file folder game via Crayon Freckles
  12. Make writing letters fun and accessible with this letter-writing kit via Inner Child Fun
  13. Making reading practice fun with this matching activity via Homeschooling in the Rose Garden
  14. Learn letters with these fun alphabet fossils via Playdough to Plato
  15. Practice sewing with homemade sewing cards via Collecting the Moments

Have you made your own learning manipulatives? We’d love to see what you’ve created! Please leave a comment and share your ideas with us! 

About Joyce

Joyce is the mom behind Childhood Beckons, where she encourages parents to focus on their families and the childhood that beckons them. Her motto is "Childhood is calling my son to play and explore. And childhood is calling me to help him on his journey." She enjoys discovering creative ways to play and learn and passing along her family's favorites.


  1. I’ve made manipulatives to accompany the books in Arithmetic Village, a math program inspired by Steiner math gnomes. One jewel equals one, ten fit into a sack and ten sacks fit into a treasure chest 🙂