DIY Base Ten Blocks for Demonstration

These base ten blocks are quick and easy to make and are perfect for demonstration under the document camera or overhead projector.   

Items to Gather:

  • Plastic canvas.  Either all one color or three different colors. This can be found at your local craft store in the needle point section.
  • Scissors.   


    1.  Count out the squares on the canvas for the size of block you want.   

    2. Cut along the outside border. 

    3.  Snip off the pieces that are left extending and cut your next piece.  

    4.  Cut as many as you need and store in a zip bag or container with a tight lid so you don't lose the small pieces.   

    5.  Use these to demonstrate on the overhead projector or document camera.  

    Other Tips/Suggestions:

    These could be used to glue down to a student page and students could record and explain the meaning and number represented by the blocks.  

    I would not leave these out for students to use generally due to the small parts.      

    We'd love to hear your ideas and the creative ways in which you found to use these!

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