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Math Tools to Keep at Home

Sorting, counting and estimating: Buttons, bottle caps, beans, macaroni, etc.

Decimals, fractions: Play money, coins and bills; measuring cups and spoons.

Time measurement: Clocks with movable hands (to measure minutes and hours, and to teach “early” and “late”), a stopwatch and calendars.

Number values and computation: Playing cards, dominoes and dice (also good for teaching probability), menus, egg cartons into which you can sort buttons, bottle caps, etc.

Linear measurement: Rulers, tape measures, string, yarn.

Standard and metric measurement: Funnels and calibrated pitchers, jars, cups and spoons.

Weight: Bathroom scale, postage scale, wire hangers (for balancing weights).

Geometry: Protractor, compass, pattern blocks and graph paper.

Multiplication/division: A calculator

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