Pls share some cheap items you use as math manipulatives and what you use them for. I teach 2nd. I use beans and know about buttons. I am trying to find other household items I can scrounge up for students to use.
Ones, Tens, Hundreds- I use pasta---ditalini for ones, long pasta like fettucine for tens, and lasagna noodles for hundreds
Counters- Laminated dots, Cut Up paint sample cards
I use Microsoft Word and Google Images to make a lot of my manipulatives.
I google 'analog clock' or one dollar bills, tens, etc.
I paste the clock into Microsoft Word, cut out, and laminate, which makes for great dry erase clocks.
I print the money out on paper and copy it onto green cardstock.
I agree with other PP--The Dollar Store has some great deals, flashcards, dice, etc. You can also make a large size dice at home.
During the summer, Target has dry erase clocks and play money in their dollar section.
each student brings a ziplock bag of 25 like objects that go in a common tub knowing it will stay for the year. When items are needed grab any bag not necessarily your own. I can grab the bag that fits the lesson and usually have just what I need.
milk lids, refrigerator magnets, plastic spoons, rocks, shells, matchbox cars, barbie shoes etc. my favorite was 25 baby socks.
I have rounded up old keys and those annoying fake plastic credit cards they mail you with credit card applications. My kids also love using those to play store/restaurant. I also use ice cube trays for graphing or sorting.
I also save parmesan cheese containers. I remove the label and use it for the dice in a bottle dice games. The sides are smooth and easier to see through than the new water bottles.
I also do garage sales. I got a cute set of small (1-inch tall) rubber ninjas I now use as counting men. They are cartoonish, so they appeal to the kids, even the ones that hate math. I got about 100 of them for I think $2.
Keep them coming. These are great! I've already started collecting milk jug/bottle tops. I cringe when I think of how many I've thrown away never realizing the students could be counting away with these.
I also love the poker chip idea. I have SEVERAL sets of dice from the DT.I also purchased some dice in dice. I've just never seen the poker chips at the DT. I'll have to look more carefully the next time I go. Thanks!
I am a Dollar Tree fan! I have purchased the glass "blobs" that are for flower vases to use as manipulatives--I teach 3rd and the girls especially love these "jewels". I also bought a bag of polished rocks that the boys like. But these are noisy unless you use a craft foam sheet as a workmat. I prefer the tiny 1/2" erasers. Dollar Tree has had them in bags of 40 or 50. I've bought them by the gross from Oriental. They come in really cute shapes and best of all--NO noise! I've gotten lots of cheap dice from Dollar Tree, too.
I also have a container of lima beans that have been spray painted on one side to make two-color counters. Great for probability, too. Milk caps work well for lots of projects. Since they come in several colors, you can write numbers on them with a Sharpie, then assign place values to the colors--ones are blue, tens are red, hundreds green, etc. Use them to create numbers to read. They are also great as replacement checkers. These also work for bingo chips, game markers.
I teach seventh grade and I've used empty food containers (cereal boxes, rinsed out cans and bottles, etc.) for a lot. Put on fake price tags and find unit rates. Measure them to find surface area. Use circular ones to find the relationship between circumference and diameter.
Also the best thing I've found to teach compound probability is a bowl of candy. Picking a candy and eating it HAS to affect the probability on the next pick.