I am so excited to bring my readers these printable base ten blocks!
I actually own a rather large box of physical base ten blocks.
It came with a math curriculum that failed me my first year of homeschooling, but the blocks have stayed faithfully by my side for the last 6 years.
I pull the block manipulatives out constantly to talk to my kids about math skills like number recognition, number sequence, place value, skip counting, adding, subtracting, and much more.
They really are a great way to make abstract things concrete for kids!
These manipulatives are perfect for 1st grade, 2nd grade, and even 3rd grade math concepts that can feel overwhelming to some children.
Why This Free Printable Set of Blocks Is Better Than Buying Physical Blocks
These printable paper blocks are free!
The only thing you need to snag your own is a printer.
2. You Can Have Them Today
No need to pay for or wait for shipping.
You can scroll to the bottom of this post and have your blocks today for your math lesson.
3. It’s Not A Big Deal If Your Kids Lose Them
Of course, we want to encourage kids to play with their math manipulates and explore their curiosity…but that will often result in lost blocks.
With my printable set, you can easily print as many more blocks as you need, without any extra cost.
****And as an added bonus, it won’t hurt to step on them 🙂
4. You Can Print As Many As You Need
As you can see from the above Amazon image, a physical set of blocks only provides so many blocks.
What if you need more than one thousand block?
With my printable set, your printer cartridge is the only thing limiting you!
Check Out Your Printable Base Ten Block Set!
This first sheet provides you with a beautiful set of bright blue “10 sticks.”
That is essentially 10 individual blocks that have been stuck together to make one easy-to-grab 10 stick.
If this is the first time your child has seen a base 10 set, explain that this tool makes it so they don’t have to count out 10 individual blocks every time.
Huge time saver for them!
Then show the child that these blocks belong in the tens place of their place value worksheets. It can also help your student build any 2-digit number.
For those that are careful with their printer ink, I wanted to provide a black-and-white version.
Your kid may love coloring these blocks in an array of colors. They could color them in their favorite color or all different colors.
Coloring them will definitely bring a sense of ownership and excitement to use their new math manipulative.
Consider using them to work on skip counting by 10 and adding and subtracting by 10.
The next printable sheet features a red hundreds block and yellow ones blocks.
With the hundred block, your child will be able to start making 3-digit numbers. They are meant to be in the hundreds place on their place value chart.
And of course, the yellow blocks will “live” in the ones place.
Remember to print as many blocks as you think your child will need.
And again there is a black and white version for your printing ease.
If you think your child won’t want to do all this coloring, consider printing it on a piece of construction paper.
If the child does want to color, encourage him to color the ones, tens, and hundreds blocks in different colors – so they are easily identified in their different places.
Lastly, here is a large thousand block to help your child move on to 4-digit numbers on their place value chart.
It contains 10 hundred-blocks and should resemble a cube.
As promised, here is a black-and-white version of the thousand cube for those who need carefree printing.
Remember to print as many as you need. No reason your child should be limited to just one.
My Tips For Keeping Your Base Ten Blocks Organized and Neat
If you are just doing a handful of lessons with these blocks, then it might not be worth it to you to do anything other than print them on regular paper and cut them out.
But if you want to keep this set for months or years to come, there are some simple things you can do to keep it looking spiffy!
1. Print on Cardstock or Laminate
Little hands are definitely going to want to play with this set, so having it on sturdy paper will help a ton.
Laminating is preferred, but cardstock would also be a good option to make a sturdy set.
2. Intentionally Store Your Paper Blocks
As I shared earlier, we use our blocks ALL.THE.TIME.
So I definitely keep them in a readily accessible, organized place.
To keep your blocks organized, store them in individualized sandwich bags, and then place all of the bags in one large gallon bag.
This will make it easy to grab and go for your lessons.
No need to sort out the blocks you need at the start of a lesson because you can just grab the individual baggie.
Click the above image link/text link to get access to your printable worksheet packet in PDF format. You will easily be able to download and print them today. No need to provide your email address or other personal information.
I hope that you and your student are so excited to dive into math lessons with these paper manipulatives!
They truly are so effective at helping kids to understand the number system, build number sense, do basic operations, and visualize the abstract concepts of larger numbers.
And all of those important skills will lay a rock-solid foundation for math in middle school and high school.
There are many different ways to use these blocks, so please be sure to pick up my packet of Base 10 Blocks Worksheets!
This post contains tons of place value charts that will allow your student to use and understand these manipulatives even better!
Click below to grab them now!