Making Manipulatives

Last week I spoke with one of the first grade teachers. They are learning about 3D shapes. I asked if she had any, cuz ya know I had a plan. And she didn’t! Oddly this gave me a bit of a thrill. She was the same teacher that I would go to throughout the year and throw out tech ideas for her to try. And she would happily try them. So my plan…

Was to make her some with my 3D Printer! Is it wrong that I was thrilled I could do this (If it’s wrong, then I don’t want to be right). So that’s exactly what I did; I made her 3D shapes for her class.

It took a while, but the final ones were handed over today. She expressed her gratitude, and told me how much more meaningful the lessons have been for her students. She was telling me about a center she has where they have to classify the objects. And apparently, the blue ones are a big hit! Silly first graders.

Yeah, I’m lovin’ the printer and what it’s been able to do; in my classroom and for others.

2 thoughts on “Making Manipulatives

  1. Mr-Butler May 21, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Loving it. Quick question: do you know if the insides are hollow…cause it looks like you have some round bases for your shapes and…

    • Admin May 21, 2015 / 4:48 pm

      They are not hollow. I thought I would be brilliant and make them hollow. Yeah, I was brilliant for about a minute until it said I was going to use more filament and it would take longer. haha. Lesson learned.

      DUDE! that video is GREAT! Now, I get why all those 3D shapes had a side that came off. I don’t have any of those any more, but it gives me ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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