I have used a variety of different math manipulative in the last couple of years. Some of them are your standard ones like pattern blocks and base ten blocks, but I have also used some other items as manipulatives. One of my favorite lessons was when I taught 3-dimensional shapes. I found food items in the shapes and we identified the shapes of each piece of food.
Some of the foods I used were: Buggles, Hershey Kisses, Cheese Balls, Marshmallows and Jolly Ranchers. The students loved this activity! Everything is more fun with food especially in math!
I cannot wait to read all of the fabulous ways everyone else uses and stores their manipulatives! Have a great rest of your evening!