Manipulatives offer rich possibilities. Children become intensely engaged with manipulatives. Working in groups, they often come up with different approaches, and discuss and learn with each other. These aspects of using manipulatives tend to prompt and promote thinking and learning in mathematics. Significant benefits are more likely when teachers follow up by engaging children in reflecting on and representing the mathematical ideas that have emerged through manipulatives. Teachers enhance children’s mathematics learning when they ask questions that provoke clarifications, extensions and development of new understandings. Finally, the teacher can observe the learner's interaction with manipulatives to assess more about his/her development and interests.
In the Activity Manuals, different manipulatives have been explored in different activities, which will enhance children’s conceptual knowledge. This manual has been developed with an aim to provide concrete experiences in learning mathematics. Regular use of manipulatives will help the learner in developing process skills like problem solving, working in groups and abilities to communicate mathematically. These manuals allow a facilitator to have joyful learning in their classroom.