Counters- the little eraser kind

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  1. lemonhead

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    I'd like to buy a bunch of those tiny cute erasers to use for counters in math. Where is the best place to buy them? I saw them at Oriental Trading for 10.00 for 500. Is that a good deal?

    Is there anything else that any of you use for counters besides bottle or milk tops?
     
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    I haven't used any before, but I would think you could use buttons.
     
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    We have a chain dollar store called King Dollar and they had some large buttons that I bought for sorting/counting, I think there were 40 or 50 in the package. Also, parents are really good about sending buttons. Ask parents to send all of their "spare" buttons that come with shirts and I bet you would have enough to go around. It is really great if someone sews and sends some of their buttons from the button box!
    Lima or pinto beans make good counters too and are very cheap :2up:
     
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    I'm considering those erasers from OTCo as well but for prizes. I think they are a good deal. I also use beans...lima, red, etc. I have also used pony beads...sometimes loose and sometimes on a string. I also use unifix cubes and bits/cubes from my base-10 set. I also let the kids use their crayons esp during tests so they aren't walking around the room. Lego pieces would work as well...that and cereal are what I mention to them as possible counters when they are at home.
     
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    I live at Dollar Tree: mini erasers, plastic animals, sticky bugs/reptiles, dominoes, you name it, they have it.
     
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    I don't think you could buy 500 buttons for $10; I would go with the erasers. Besides, they are multipurpose :)
     
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    Oriental trading is the best way to go. They have tons of them. You'll need 55 of them if you're counting from 1-10 and you'll need 155 of them if you're going to do 1-20. 1-20 requires more than 1 gross of them. One gross is usually 144, FYI.

    If you look around on the web, you can find coupon codes for them as well.
     
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    oriental trading is the best i get alot of my tresure stuff there.
     
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    I don't understand this. I don't get the numbers:blush: If I have 20 students and want each to have at least 20, don't I need 400?
     
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    Oh, sorry. I am thinking for one student. Sorry about that. Yes, if you have 20 kids and you want each to ahve at least 20, you need at least 400.
     
  12. lemonhead

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    Okay! I got ya now! Thanks so much. I thought I was losing it. (no comments)
     

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