When you hear people talking about Math-U-See, no doubt the first thing you think of are the colorful math blocks. Well, maybe it’s that funny Steve guy in the videos, but the blocks are definitely the second thing you think about. 🙂
The manipulative blocks are designed to express mathematical concepts in a tangible and visual manner. Some of these mathematical concepts include numbers and counting, operations, factions, decimals, and more. The Integer Blocks are shipped as a kit, which come in a nifty cardboard box.
But, since your student will use the blocks from Primer to Algebra 1, it isn’t uncommon to need a different storage system to get you through the years.
If you’ve been with Math-U-See long enough, you know that we used to sell a wooden block box. Unfortunately, we no longer produce this item. We get a lot of requests to bring this back, but we have to admit, with the increased cost of production for the wooden box, and the fact that we added more blocks to our Integer Block Kits, the likelihood that we will be bringing the wooden block box back is highly slim.
But, we did want to give you a list of other storage options we have seen Math-U-See parents use.
Math-U-See Block Storage Options
1) Tackle Box
This is the most popular among homeschool parents and it’s easy to see why. Not only can you can separate your blocks into different compartments, the well-designed handle allows you to transport your blocks for learning adventures.
It’s just a simple 3 tier tackle box from my local K-mart, the labels were ones I cut & put there from normal label sticker paper. 🙂 – Kendra for The Curriculum Choice
2) Stack & Carry Container
Maybe you’re looking for something different, like this trendy, tiered stack & carry container.
Again, you are able to divide your blocks into separate sections and have a handle for easy transportation. The ability to stack each container is ideal for storage.
“I use a wide, shallow 25-qt Sterilite container with a latching lid. Kids can dig around and find the block they want quickly, but we can also put them away quickly because we don’t have to sort them into correct cubbies.” – Mystie from Simply Convivial
Bins are another great and inexpensive idea for block storage. You may already have bins around the house you can use, or you can scoop these items up the next time you go to Target – because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need an excuse to make a Target trip.
The main different among the bins are the shape and design. All bins are easy to carry around the house. The fashionable design allows you to store your blocks in a shelving unit, or lay on a student work desk.
I hope you found these examples useful. If you and your homeschool family store your blocks another way, let us know in the comments below.