More Thrift Store Finds

Going through a thrift store one day, I came across three clear plastic containers with lids that had indentations on them. When I saw them, I thought marbles or pom poms could fit in each one. This would make a great 1 – 1 correspondence learning activity. They were only fifty cents each so I bought them.

Thrift store finds!!

Thrift store finds!!


I had some marbles at home and also small pom poms. I tried them out and they fit great. I gathered enough to fit into each container. I also put some felt in the bottom of the container for the marbles so it wouldn’t be so noisy when they were put back. I also provided tongs and children’s chopsticks to use.
Pom poms and marbles

Pom poms and marbles


When I do this activity with preschool children or my grandchildren, I usally put a small tray underneath the containers to catch any marbles or pom poms that might roll away. Depending on the age of the child, they can use their hands to put them on the lid, tongs, or children’s chopsticks. Also, before the child leaves the area, we make sure we have all the marbles and all the pom poms.
This activity is not for children under 3 without direct supervision.

Thrift Store Finds

I like to go to the thrift store every couple of weeks and see what I can find to turn into a learning activity. A few weeks ago I found teddy bear counters. Being a former preschool teacher I recognized this as something that every preschool has.

Thrift Store Finds!!

Thrift Store Finds!!


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It’s great for counting, sorting by colors, patterning and just playing with.There were about 100 in the box and I paid $2.50 for them. They were all one size. Brand new they would have been anywhere between $12 and $20 for them.

What do you like to use the teddy bear counters for?