Numicon Apparatus

Making the most of manipulatives

Apparatus and shapes are an integral part of Numicon. Discover our cost-effective kits, starter packs, and boxes of shapes which contain key manipulatives to support mastery teaching at home or in the classroom - whatever the existing programme.

Manipulatives are a great way to make your teaching more effective - including using the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach, teaching for understanding, generalisation and assessment. How can you best use manipulatives to deepen understanding?

For ideas, tips and help:

  • Visit to discover a variety of 60-second, how-to with manipulatives videos
  • Follow our manipulatives board at Education for new ideas with manipulatives – and share your own
  • Find a wealth of essential manipulatives below, with packs available for both one-to-one and group work
  • Read the Teaching Resource Handbooks which contain a comprehensive guide to using manipulatives in the classroom, with planning and activity suggestions.

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Useful resources

Curriculum Chart

Download Free Resources

Download free activities and display resources to use in the classroom.

'How-to' videos

Watch our short 'how to' and activity videos for lesson inspiration.

Structure chart

Support for parents

Resources to help parents support their child's maths at home using Numicon.