Easy & Inexpensive Way to Manage Math Manipulatives

Math manipulatives need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively? When I moved into my primary classroom from fifth grade nearly three years ago, I inherited a bunch of bins full of dusty, dirty math manipulatives. Here's what I've done with them.

Math manipulatives and tools need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively in your classroom? I have an efficient solution that is inexpensive and would look great in any classroom!

When I arrived in my new classroom, I was greeted by these awful piles of bins:

Math manipulatives and tools need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively in your classroom? I have an efficient solution that is inexpensive and would look great in any classroom!

There was NO WAY I could look at these all year, so I set out to find the perfect storage system. I found it in Home Depot, of all places, in the form of shoeboxes!

These little beauties are dust-free and stack beautifully because of the lids! I love that they are clear so we can see what is inside, and I made these lovely little colorful labels that just make my heart happy. You can grab them in an editable form HERE.

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Math manipulatives and tools need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively in your classroom? I have an efficient solution that is inexpensive and would look great in any classroom!

Math manipulatives and tools need to be accessible to students, but how can you store them effectively in your classroom? I have an efficient solution that is inexpensive and would look great in any classroom!



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