Have I mentioned that I love manipulatives? A few years ago, I was lucky enough to purchase a 5 pound box of Barbie accessories on Ebay for a spendy 30.00. It was this purchase that allowed me to create my first category box. I used some pieces from an old category kit from Lakeshore learning and was able to add a ton of pink and purple items from the Barbie collection. (I think I had 100 pairs of shoes alone.) I supplemented with plastic figurines (vehicles, occupations, farm animals) I bought with my 40% off coupon at Michaels. I raided old therapy games and activities, scoured garage sales, Goodwill and the Dollar Store for category materials. I ended up with enough for a categories box
As with my other boxes, I typed out the contents or some verbal cues to use during therapy and used contact paper to laminate the paper to the box.