- Pasta. Since I buy most of my grocery items on sale (and with coupons where possible), I always seem to have an abundance of pasta in various shapes and sizes in the pantry.
- Q-tips or cotton swabs.
- Crayons. Since these were already on hand for coloring, we found other uses for them.
- Blocks. Wooden blocks or Legos work well for almost any activity.
- Large paper clips. To this day, my seven-year-old enjoys making paper clip necklaces.
- Cereal. An edible manipulative always increases the fun, since it doubles as snack time.
- Popsicle or craft sticks.
- Dry beans.
- Drinking straws.
- Large plastic or wooden beads.
- Game cards or pieces.
- Plastic bottle tops (larger ones from jugs of milk or juice or the smaller kind from water and soda bottles).
Have you used household items to explain a concept to your children? I’d love to hear about it!
Read what other moms are trying with their children at Try and Tell. Find more teaching ideas at Thirsty Thursday hosted by Five J’s. Others are linking up with their lists of thirteen items at Thursday 13.
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