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 see and keep neat, mostly because students love the toolbox and volunteer to 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 12 decks of jumbo playing cards are now 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 $299 ex. GST, free postage anywhere in Australia. For teachers purchasing for themselves, 
the entire cost is tax deductable.
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 hands-on lessons, as well as integer and other number line and decimal chart games 
  • 12 decks of premium jumbo playing cards for hands-on warm-ups and 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 $299 ex. GST, free postage anywhere in Australia. For teachers purchasing for themselves, the entire cost is tax deductable. 
 

Gallery of the materials

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Our Hands-on Maths

Planning Support Packages

COMPREHENSIVE

EARLY YEARS PACKAGE

YEARS 3-6

PLANNING PACK

NUMERACY LIBRARIES

WITH LINKED LESSONS

Developmentally-sequenced, user-friendly

unit plans with detailed hands-on lessons for every critical skill throughout the early years. Diagnostic and formative assessments highlight points-of-need.

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

Real-life numeracy package created by Australian maths leaders.

400 open-ended lessons and

warm-ups for years 3-6 in sequential units. Lessons start with hooks to link content to students' lives and include enabling and extending prompts.

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, sequential hands-on numeracy resource that provides comprehensive planning support for seven years of primary learning.