Friday, August 5, 2011

Felt Fractions

These have been on my "must-make" list for over a year and it wasn't until I saw them on Pinterest that I moved them to the very top of the list and finally put them together.

I love tactile ways of teaching math. I've said time and again that I would probably have had better luck with math in school had I been taught with Montessori math materials and other hands on materials such as these. It's great to be able to FEEL math when you're one of those that just can't wrap your brain around it!

These were very easy to make. I used two layers of regular ol' eco-fi felt, fabric paint and a blanket stitch around the edges. I didn't use any particular template to make the circles, I just outline the bottom of a bowl and then eyeballed the segments. Easy-peasy!

~Thank you for your comments!~

28 comments:

Susie said...

Those are FABULOUS!

Dawn said...

I love that! I love the simplicity of this project, yet it is something kids would love to put together and take apart again and again. Thanks for sharing!

Cherine M said...

I love these, and all your felt creations!!! My kids loved your fish!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Leptir (NataĊĦa) said...

It's great! Thanks for sharing :-)

Mandy said...

You should *totally* sell these - non-crafty mommies like me would definitely buy 'em. I wish I had something like this when I was learning math - maybe I'd be better at it! :)

Mara said...

This is a great idea!! I must done it for my kids too!

jess_hak said...

I like how you said 'feel math'. So true...it is nice to have tactile ways to explain it. I most likely would've done much better too. I still remember staring at math papers and my mind just couldn't comprehend or fathom what in the world it was saying.

I will have to make something like this for Annabelle.

Nicole said...

LOVE! I will be doing this as well with my son. Love your blog too.
Nicole

medina family said...

love this...I was going to do it with paper bags, but these are so much prettier. I just saw a cute game with this idea...you label a dice with fractions 1/2, 1/4, 1/3, etc. and take a piece of which ever fraction you roll. When you complete a pie, you win! Simple but fun.

Brandi said...

I LOVE this and am adding it to my pinterest right now... :)

Katie said...

I am pinning this myself and hope to make it soon

Katie said...

I am pinning this myself and hope to make it soon

buildingblocks said...

love these (and your whole blog so much inspiration) think even I could have a go at these

Meg said...

Thanks for sharing these, what a wonderful idea!

Umm Umamah said...

Hi Mari-Ann, These look so cute and so practical too. I always thought of making my own manipulatives for fractions but never got around doing more than the printable ones available online. Nonetheless we add other fun to ur fractions. I was thinking lil James might really enjoy our fractions with grape fruits and fractions with toys. You can work around the numbers
http://umamahlearningacademy.blogspot.com/2011/05/fraction-2.html

http://umamahlearningacademy.blogspot.com/2011/05/fractions-3.html

or the simplest folding papaer fractions...... mine wanted to see how many fold creases he could make check it out
http://umamahlearningacademy.blogspot.com/2011/04/fractions-1.html

I'd better start making these adorable felt ones for my lil girl now. :) Thanks!

twolittleseeds said...

Love love love xxx

Sarah said...

I think I need to make these for my classroom. The manipulatives out of plastic and wood can get spendy. Thanks for the idea!

The girl who painted trees said...

I have these on my to-do list, but you beat me to it:) They look great!

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Very sweet!! I make a lot of the hands on stuff for my Kindergarten classroom...will add these to MY pinterest board!! Thanks for sharing.

www.theevolvinghomemaker.com said...

Totally perfect! I will have these made by the end of the week!

:)
Jen

Natasha said...

Love these. fantastic idea. these would be great for my son.

becc72 said...

How wonderful! Learning through the sensory pleasure of felts in beautiful colours is so lovely for your little one. My "to-do" list from your blog is becoming very extensive!! xx

acandletobelit said...

Love this! I just added it to my own pinterest page.

Zonnah said...

My son saw these on my screen and said, "Cool!" So now I am going to have to make them :)

Laura Odom said...

These are awesome!! I love the concept, and even though I'm not a seamstress, it looks even easy enough for a crafty-wanna-be like me!

Nadia said...

Love the idea..but what do you use to write on the felt?

Granola said...

Thank you for this idea! After viewing this I was inspired to make these for a craft exchange with another home educator mom. I didn't have the fabric glue so I ended up embroidering the numbers. I love the project and hope to make another set for our own math manipulatives box.

Olga Valladares said...

Thank you so much for sharing this idea!!!!

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