I constantly have manipulatives all over the place. Sometimes they’re in plastic baggies, sometimes plastic tubs from the store, sometimes they’re just in a bowl, and if the Teeny Tot’s been around they’re all over the floor!  But I’ve come up with a solution, and it even means I don’t have to cook dinner which is AWESOME!

After ordering from a local BBQ restaurant this past weekend, I noticed that their plastic containers for their side dishes were the PERFECT size for storing manipulatives!

I washed them out well, and started sorting! They even come with handy little lids and they stack perfectly, which takes up less space!  We only had 4 this time, so I’ll have to order out again soon as I have lot’s more to sort!


They work really well, and I like that they’re semi-transparent so you can see what’s inside. Now my daughter can just go grab any bucket she wants for her activities.

So the next time you order takeout, make sure to pay attention to their containers! Maybe you can re-cycle them into your homeschool room!


  1. Yes I look at all the conatiners I have or get and think it it's something I can use. We like the plastic gerber baby food containers, for small beads and such. I have even asked some of my homeschool friends if they have any of a specific cotainer that they would typically throw out, to save it for me!!

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  3. We love to re-use containters from lots of items we purchase. We use plastic peanut butter jars for manipulatives, crayons, and more. We also buy Gerber baby food in the plastic rectangular containters and these are great for small things like googly eyes, paper clips, staples and so much more!

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