Over the past 2 years, I have written about every kind of math manipulative imaginable. We have explored, nesting dolls and Legos, sorting boxes and puzzles, Tangrams and dominoes. The list goes on and on.
This got me thinking about limited budgets, limited space, and feeling overwhelmed by too many choices. A lot of the manipulatives I have described over the past 100 or so Mondays, are really expensive. Many of them are beautifully made and wonderful additions to any classroom, but may also be unnecessary and take up a lot of space.
How do you choose? Which do you invest in? The only way to truly consider this is to imagine yourself opening up your own program on a limited budget with only $100 to spend on math manipulatives. Strip away everything you have, and which manipulatives could you not live without? Which manipulatives have the broadest teaching and learning potential and which ones are limited?