Alternatives to popsicle sticks

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  1. MrsPatten

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    This may have already been suggested, but... try Michaels or A.C. Moore for wood cut-outs. They are inexpensive (less than $.50 each) and come in a wide variety of shapes. There's stars, suns, animals, etc. You could choose a shape that goes along with the classroom theme. Maybe even let the kids paint their own the first week of school.
     
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    Thanks for the idea! Now I need to figure out what to put them in other than a zip lock bag since they are heavy.
     
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    I can see your point but most of us use dice in our classroom and sometimes we use playing cards. As long as you didn't tell the kids they are poker chips they most likely won't know--especially in lower grades. Instead of saying "I'm going to pull a poker chip to see who to pass out papers" you could call them something else--drawing a blank right now. :confused:
     
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    Your right. I used dice and called them number cubes. I never used playing cards. I made number cards myself instead. Maybe you could call the poker chips mystery discs.
     
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    I live in NJ- If you write a letter to the AC casinos and tell them you are a teacher, some will send you dice and playing cards to use for math games. They have been used and have holes drilled in them so the casinos don't use them again (they do this after decks and dice have been used for a pre-determined amt of time). I've been using the cards and dice for 10 years and have never had a parent question their use- we're learning math with them, not gambling. :p
     
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    LOL It doesn't matter how many times I call them "number cubes" my kids will call them dice! But I doubt they'd know what poker chips are--I like the name "mystery discs." You could make a little bag for them with question marks all over it! Too cute!
     
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    I just bought corrugated coasters from the dollar section at target, 20/$1. I'm actually going to use them for flashcards, but I thought of this thread, so I wanted to mention it.:p
     
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    I saw those yesterday. Are they the ones that are colorful with pink, green & blue color design? I though about how I could use those in the classroom.
     
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    If you have a classroom theme you might be able to find precut foam shapes to match. I see them all of the time at Walmart and Dollar tree. You can just number those.
     
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    Love this thread! I've been using tongue depressors (wide popsicle sticks) with student names written on them with a sharpie for years, but I just realized how boring I've been! (And I even thought I was being innovative when I painted my reading group's sticks blue and was able to keep them in the same containter.) :haha:

    For those of you who use (or are planning to use) something like dominoes or chips, what will you keep them in? I've always used a cylindrical container with a divider down the center for my sticks and had one side for "waiting for a turn" and one side for "had a turn." I'd like to keep things to one container. Trying to picture what would work...
     
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    Good question I asked earlier. Perhaps one of those cookies tin container that come with a divider. I like the idea of using something from your class theme to match but other than the popsicle sticks (rustic goes with jungle theme) don't have ideas. I guess I can do wood cuts of forest animals or something. Hmmm, I may just stick with my dominoes since they were so cheap.
     
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    I don't know where you'd get them, but little bananas would be really funny. :)
     
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    I hadn't thought about separating the ones I've already pulled. I wanted to use a velvet bag and make it all fancy and everything. I haven't been in a classroom of my own (just subbing until I'm done with school)and so far I've just drawn a name and sat it on the table by the overhead. Now you have me thinking . . .

    I picked up a placemat at Target today. It's made out of bamboo tiles. There are 90 tiles (each tile the size of a domino) on one placemat. I'm going to cut it apart and use the bamboo tiles instead of the dominos. They are solid colored and pretty. It only cost $3.29! I was so excited!
     
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    Yeah- I bought the square ones because it has a nice space in the middle that I can write on and use for Quiz, Quiz, Trade- I figure they'll hold up pretty well.
     
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    Parrot toys. Apparently they like large plastic buttons and things. Found some on the Internet.
     
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    Wine corks would definitely be taboo in my district.

    I've used the metal tops from orange juice cans. It takes a while to accumulate a bunch but they work beautifully.
     

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