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Homeschooling can be expensive. Between curriculum, books, memberships, field trips, and events, the costs quickly add up.

I often challenge myself to look for ways to cut back on these expenses. I borrow books from the library, participate in curriculum swaps, and I have a wonderful mother-in-law who looks for our wish list items at thrift shops and garage sales.

Another way that I save money on materials, is I try to use what we already have in our home. There are so many items that have unlimited learning potential… you just have to look for them!

With my youngest daughter being in kindergarten, it’s easy to get wooed by the beautiful educational catalogs jammed with pretty little math manipulatives. I resisted the urge to spend money and scrounged around the house for alternatives.

What I found far surpassed my expectations of a trigonometry set and a couple of calculators! The math materials in and around my home were amazing and I thought I would share this fantastic list with you!

Check out this list of 65 math materials you can find around your home! Click To Tweet
  1. rocks
  2. sticks
  3. shells
  4. corks
  5. pine cones
  6. acorns
  7. seed pods
  8. Lego bricks
  9. popsicle sticks
  10. toothpicks
  11. egg cartons
  12. plain wood blocks
  13. colored wood blocks
  14. rulers
  15. yard stick or metre stick
  16. dice
  17. straws
  18. pony beads
  19. pencils
  20. pencil crayons
  21. marbles
  22. wooden beads
  23. bowls
  24. divided plates/serving trays
  25. paint chips
  26. cherry tomatoes
  27. grapes
  28. berries
  29. raisins
  30. seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)
  31. measuring cups
  32. measuring spoons
  33. containers
  34. muffin tins
  35. ice cube trays
  36. water
  37. sand
  38. play dough
  39. pom poms
  40. string
  41. yarn
  42. food scale
  43. level
  44. nuts and bolts
  45. poker chips
  46. playing cards
  47. buttons
  48. clocks (analog and digital)
  49. stop watch
  50. sand timer
  51. glass beads
  52. mirrors
  53. bottle caps
  54. measuring tape
  55. dominoes
  56. pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
  57. bingo chips
  58. graphing paper
  59. clothespins
  60. paper towel tubes
  61. plumbing washers
  62. elastics
  63. ceramic tiles
  64. spools
  65. pipe cleaners

I’m sure there are many other items I missed. The potential for math materials you can find around your home is great!

I hope you find this list useful! If you have any other suggestions, please let me know!

 This post was previously shared (in part) on my other website, The Deliberate Mom.

Jennifer Bly is the creator of The Deluxe Homeschool Planner. Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram for homeschooling updates and inspiration.

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Jennifer Bly
Jennifer Bly
Author of My Kitchen, My Classroom: An Introduction to Homeschool, creator of Deliberate Homeschooling, The Deliberate Mom and regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Jennifer writes about her homeschooling journey and life with her husband and two girls. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration Degree with a specialization in Early Learning in Child Care.
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