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toobers and zots (sp?)
paper, tape and staplers for construction
popsicle sticks, glue
octa-clips and octa-hinges (you can cut mat board, cardboard or old cereal
boxes into panels that fit into the hinges or clips. Large or small.)
I used to have cubes of styrofoam that someone brought in. They were great
for building - but what a storage nightmare!
*Pattern blocks *geo-plex (a lot like k-nex)
*MATs (Math activity tiles, like big patern blocks, great for tessellations)
* Cuisenairre rods (for spacial visualization - although the kids use them
for building too.)
*These are really math manipulatives or models, since I teach both I have
them in the room. The kids (all ages) love them. Some are pretty expensive
(especially if you are scrounging for art materials - but there are probably
teachers in your school that have them and don't use them.)