Here’s an idea I discovered in one of my homeschooling groups for organizing our Math-U-See math manipulatives.
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The box is actually this fishing tackle box, but it was the perfect size and had just the right amount of sections for each of our manipulatives.
On the top and front of the fishing tackle box, I used my DYMO label maker to dub the tackle box our official math manipulatives box.
Inside, I again used my label maker to mark where each of the manipulatives go. It took some playing when I first put the manipulatives in because some of the sections have removable walls and therefore I had to mess with them a bit until they were the correct size.
In the very bottom of the math manipulatives box, the folded up Decimal Street can fit as well as some other flat things.
In the very top of the math manipulatives box, I placed a marker which is what we use for our homemade version of Decimal Street. The dry erase markers I like for writing on laminated things are the Vis-a-Vis ones (which are technically wet erase markers). They require water or other liquid to clean off, but they do not discolor the laminated surface like regular dry erase markers do.