About seven years ago I printed out Fraction Manipulatives from donnayoung.org. They were printed on cardstock, then colored, then laminated.
These are so wonderful to use. I start with the 1/2 and how it makes a whole. Then work our way down to the smaller fractions. Each one is placed on the whole, to show how many pieces make a whole.
With Pea #2, we worked on the 1/2 and 1/4 sizes. She got the idea right away. After the lesson, she wanted to play with the manipulatives, so I let her. Later she came up to me and said, “MOM! Each piece can be made into a whole pie!” lol
We are missing one slice she told me. Personally, I think someone ate it.
This is our last year of using these manipulatives. It makes me sad.