Math, and in particular algebra, with its abstract concepts of equations and solving for variables, can be daunting for many students. Manipulatives (concrete objects that can be touched and moved, that aid in counting, equations, fractions, multiplication and other math tasks) help students visualize complex math concepts.
Students have been enthusiastic and quick to adopt the method. They say, “This is much easier. Very hands on, more visual,” and “I can actually see the answers with this.” Soon they will be able to solve equations using only paper and pencil. Manipulatives can help them master the abstracts of algebraic concepts more quickly and be better prepared to win at math.