Young Children’s Use of Manipulatives to Represent Addition Concept

  • Kamariah Abu Bakar Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – MALAYSIA
  • Aidah Abdul Karim Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – MALAYSIA
  • Nur Aidah Rashid Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – MALAYSIA
Keywords: Young children, Addition concept, Manipulatives, Representation.


One of the first fundamental arithmetic concepts that young children learn in school is addition. This article explores how young children use manipulatives while working on tasks relating to number and addition. The study employed case study research design and involved six children (aged six years) in one preschool center. Observation of children’s work during mathematical tasks revealed children’s early understanding of the addition concept. Hence, it is important that educators value and support the early development of children’s mathematical representations to facilitate their successful use in learning and understanding mathematics concepts.

Author Biography

Kamariah Abu Bakar, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – MALAYSIA

Corresponding author.  Center of Education and Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.


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How to Cite
Abu Bakar, K., Abdul Karim, A., & Aidah Rashid, N. (2019). Young Children’s Use of Manipulatives to Represent Addition Concept . Religación. Revista De Ciencias Sociales Y Humanidades, 4(22), 39-45. Retrieved from