I am teaching kindergarten next year, and I'm inheriting a lot of great manipulatives and materials for student use from the previous teacher. I also get a small stipend and want to get the most bang for my buck. I already have a lot of the more common manipulatives (linking cubes, pattern blocks, ect...) I was wondering is there anything that you use A LOT that the kids LOVE, that might not be as common? Anything to reinforce key math and language arts skills... or even to generate creative thinking? I was thinking puppets to make storytelling more engaging, but I just wasn't sure how much I would use them. I'm also open to making things. Your advice would be much appreciated! Thank you!