DIY Math Manipulatives...

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  1. BreezyGirl

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    I am looking for ideas as my class is very limited. I have coloured pasta, pennies, and buttons. I've looked online and have seen people use straws, blocks, toothpicks, etc... What cool things have you made that the kids love? :)
     
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    Go on pinterest and search. You will get lost on there for days.
     
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    It depends on the age of your kids but other ideas, some of which can be bought from the dollar store or found in nature include:

    -rocks
    -acorns
    -floral rocks
    -bottle tops
    -tops from their apple sauces, etc.
    -ask for donations of collections of ....
    -straws
    -tree cookies (slices)
    -cups
    -little erasers that come in lots of designs
     
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    Thanks! I have 5/6, so can use anything really. I like the eraser idea. I may have to check out the dollar store today. :)
     
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    Check out the craft section of the dollar store for various beads, foam cut-outs, etc.
     
  7. mandamouse123

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    When I taught pre-school, they LOVED using milk lids as a manipulative. It's really fun to send home a letter about how you're collecting them! The kids loved bringing in a baggie filled with lids every few weeks and sharing the new colors.

    The best part? They were free!
     
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    Great idea! Milk kids!
     
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    I've found dozens of uses for Styrofoam egg cartons in a variety of subjects. They're an "egg"cellent resource and easy to clean. They're especially useful in sorting activities, in games, and in storing sorted materials.
     

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