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Sculpey Bake Shop® Math Manipulatives

Designed by Laura Kelly Walters
Kids can create these darling little math manipulatives that have personality. The project is simple enough for young children to make as an art project then use to learn math skills like sorting, sequencing and patterns. The pieces can also be used for graphing, computation, and fractions.

TIME TO CREATE: 90 minutes
TIME TO BAKE: 20 minutes
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Product ImageProduct Name Qty
Sculpey Bake Shop® Multi-pack 13 pc
$11.99
Sculpey® Satin Glaze 1 oz
$5.99
DIY Math Manipulatives
Homemade Math Manipulatives
Manipulatives for Early Math
Sculpey classroom projects
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DIY Math Manipulatives
Homemade Math Manipulatives
Manipulatives for Early Math
Sculpey classroom projects
  • Paintbrush
  • Black Permanent Marker

Project Instructions

Getting Started with Sculpey Bake Shop® clays:

• Bake at 250 °F (121 °C), 20 minutes per 1/4 inch (6 mm) thickness.
• DO NOT MICROWAVE.
• DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME.

Please make sure your work area is covered and you are not working on an unprotected surface. We recommend working on the Sculpey Tools™ Oven-Safe Work Mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Uncured clay may damage unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Be sure to cover your crafting area appropriately.
Cut the blocks of colored clay into size equal pieces – Yellow, Blue, Purple, Green, Orange, Red
photo shows block of Yellow cut as described
Roll one part into a soft ball using hands and press flat
photo shows clay rolled and pressed
Repeat to make six of each color.
photo shows table with 6 of each color on it
Make 72 small White Balls of clay. Press into the round shapes to create two eyes on each piece.
photo shows white part of eyes being added to the discs
Make 72 tiny Black balls of clay add one to the center of each white eye.

Bake following directions on packaging.
photo shows adding the black to the eyes
Use a permanent marker to add mouths. Paint on a thin layer of Sculpey Glaze Matte and let dry.
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