Virtual tour of the new early years toolbox

The story behind our maths toolboxes

Almost every maths leader we speak to is exasperated by the need to constantly repurchase class sets of resources that were supplied less than two or three years earlier. As maths leaders, we would sit for hours counting dice, distributing jars of resources to each classroom, building maths trolleys, but nothing worked long-term to keep each classroom well-resourced. We tried everything and, eventually, found that toolboxes were the long-term solution. 
Our toolboxes were created by Australian maths leaders, who chose and tried the most durable materials we could find for daily hands-on mathematics for the early years and years 3-6. All materials are packed for you in class sets, within easy-to-maintain and distribute toolboxes to ensure you can maximise both your budget and your time. The quick distribution containers also make organisation and set-up/pack-up easier for teachers, encouraging more use of materials for maths. Containers can be moved around the room to avoid traffic jams and resources are easy to find and neat, mostly because students love the toolbox and help maintain it too. 
The organised toolboxes with consistent contents make retaining resources and maximising the use of numeracy budgets from year-to-year a considerably easier process. In term four, maths leaders can simply collect, top up and swap toolboxes as teachers move year levels. This avoids resources becoming lost as teachers change classrooms each year. The nature of the toolbox and its containers, with space for each material, reduces loss and makes it easier for teachers to use, maintain and then return the toolbox at the end of each year. Maths leaders can add a few elements into toolboxes all at once in the staffroom, such as a new material for each year level, rather than constantly starting from scratch. Purchase additional toolboxes for extra classrooms at any time.​

Class set of silent grip mats and playing cards included

Toolbox Inclusions

Contents of the Early Years Toolbox
  • 1 lightweight durable toolbox with 15 partner distribution containers 
  • 24 medium-sized no-noise foam dice
  • 30 custom-made 3-dot dice: ideal for the early years as these are dice with only 1, 2 or 3 dots on each face, creating more opportunities for student recording and longer engagement for maths buddy games, and supporting subitising for intervention students.
  • 12 decks of premium jumbo number/playing cards for partner games 
  • 30 colourful 6-sided dice 
  • 30 colourful 10-sided dice 
  • 100 Pokemon counters for use as students' characters during race to 120 and similar games 
  • 30 one-to-one counting/skip-counting sticks 
  • 15 grip mats for organised and silent use of materials throughout lessons 
 
All for $249 ex. GST, free postage anywhere in Australia. For teachers purchasing for themselves, the tax deduction means that the price is effectively $185 (and even less for teachers on a higher tax bracket than 32%). 
Contents of the Years 3 to 6 Toolbox
(also used by secondary schools for intervention)
  • 1 lightweight durable toolbox with 15 partner distribution containers 
  • 200 Pokemon counters for higher student engagement during hands-on maths games, often used for fraction and division rich tasks, as well as integer and other number line and decimal chart games 
  • 12 decks of premium jumbo playing cards for hands-on games 
  • 30 durable 6-sided dice 
  • 30 durable 10-sided dice 
  • 10 medium-sized foam dice for more visibility during whole-class modelling and for intervention games 
  • 15 grip mats for organised and silent use of materials throughout lessons
 
All for $249 ex. GST, free postage anywhere in Australia. For teachers purchasing for themselves, the tax deduction means that the price is effectively $185 (and even less for teachers on a higher tax bracket than 32%). 
 

Gallery of the materials

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Our Hands-on Maths

Planning Support Packages

EARLY YEARS PACK

YEARS 3-6 PACK

NUMERACY LIBRARIES

Developmentally-sequenced units with new hands-on lessons for each critical skill throughout the early years. Diagnostic and formative assessments that pinpoint points-of-need. 

Lessons include enabling and extending prompts, engaging hooks, warm-ups, photographs of classroom modelling and student work samples. 

Easy-to-implement hands-on mathematics package created by Australian maths leaders for over ten years. 400 low-floor high-ceiling lessons and warm-ups for years 3-6 in sequential units. Lessons start with hooks to link content to students' lives and include both extension and support variations.

Bringing Literacy and Numeracy together!
Launch maths with literature and bring stories to life with hands-on lessons best-suited to each year level and concept throughout the year.
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Growing Mathematicians

Created by Australian teachers

 with Australian students 

The only classroom-based, developmentally-sequenced, hands-on mathematics resource that provides day-by-day planning support for seven years of learning.