Put a Little Spark in your Math Curriculum with This Discovery-Based Tool!

Hands-On Math: Interactive Color Tiles provides students with an open-ended tool for exploring fundamental math concepts.

The use of a Color Tiles is one of the best ways to give students an insight into a variety of important mathematical topics. Students place Color Tiles on an interactive Playground to represent mathematical ideas.

Using Hands-On Math: Interactive Color Tiles students can develop the following important mathematical concepts:

  • Positional terms such as above, below, right,and left.
  • Equivalency for example, equal to, not equal, more, less, greater than, and less than.
  • Basic operations: addition, subtraction, multiplcation and division.
  • Integers, Fractions, Decimals and Percents.
  • Symmetry and asymmetry.
  • Fact familes.
  • Place value.

[ Instructor's Guide (PDF) ]

We recommend that you open the Instructor's Guide PDF from your iPad in a new browser page and save the document in your iBooks app.

  • Open-ended Interactive Color Tiles Playground.
  • Supports Discovery and Directed Teaching Strategies .
  • Problem Solving Activities which Can Be Solved Using Virtual Manipulatives.
  • Interactive Color Tiles helps to Build a Fundamental Math Concepts.
  • On/Off Options and Controls for Various Features.

Interactive Color Tiles

Color Tiles are used to make sets. Sets of a single color can represent a number, for example, here we se a group of 8 red Color Tiles. To the right of this group there is a group of 3 blue Color Tiles. The chart shows how many of each color and the total.

Possible Topics:

  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Odd / Even
  • Equivalency


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Interactive Color Tiles

By tapping one of the mirror icons the playground is putting into a mode where pieces are automatically reflected as they are placed on the Playground. Here a design was produced using only warm colors.

  • Make a design with warm and cool colors.
  • Can you make a symmetrical design with an odd number of tiles of a particular color?
  • Which letters of the alphabet can you make using the symmetry options.

Explore and Document

Activities at a variety of skill levels are also provided. Students are encouraged to document their discoveries in a journal. Here the students are asked to make a chart showing number sentences that describe combining sets of Color Tiles

  • Perfect for Small Group instruction
  • Environmentally Friendly Learning - (no need to photocopy activity pages for each student)
  • A Student-Centered Approach to Learning

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Ideas for creative projects:  
Hands-On Math: Interactive Color Tiles is now available at the Apple iTunes Store.