plural noun
ma·​nip·​u·​la·​tives | \ mə-ˈni-pyə-ˌlā-tivz How to pronounce manipulatives (audio) , -lə- \

Definition of manipulatives

: objects (such as blocks) that a student is instructed to use in a way that teaches or reinforces a lesson

Examples of manipulatives in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some examples of manipulatives are scales, peg boards, interactive clocks, play money, and stacking cubes. Sian Babish,, "The best homeschooling kit supply," 14 Oct. 2020 That's why there is usually a diverse assortment of items, including tools, accessories, manipulatives, and even visual aids, found in homeschooling learning kits. Sian Babish,, "The best homeschooling kit supply," 14 Oct. 2020 Newly sanitized toys and manipulatives will be single-use only and will be disinfected between each use. Kellie Hwang,, "Things to do with your kids in the Bay Area: List of museums and attractions open now," 24 Sep. 2020 The classrooms looked like first-grade classrooms—no manipulatives or toys. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "What Makes a Good Preschool Education," 9 Sep. 2020 Schools will distribute other physical materials such as textbooks, workbooks and manipulatives. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "What parents need to know as Frisco ISD starts the 2020-2021 school year," 12 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of manipulatives

1965, in the meaning defined above

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“Manipulatives.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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