I love magnets! Sure, cards come in handy but they bend and tear. Little miniatures are fun too but they get lost and aren’t easily to transport. I have an unnatural hatred of felt, so unlike felt, magnets are easily moveable and don’t fall off the board when the board is upright.
Rather than spending a lot on supplies, I made tons of picture magnets that could be used during group and individual therapy for many years. They are useful for everything from retelling stories to articulation practice. I got most of my pictures from large photo/sticker books I found in the discount section of Borders. This was one of them. Or search for “Super Stickers” or “Editors of Southwater” on Amazon.
Over the course of about a year I cut out pictures, laminated them, then stuck a sticky magnet strip on the back. If you do a few a day, it actually isn’t that time consuming. I made hundreds. I got about 6 years of use out of my magnets before I started the doctoral program. The main dry erase boards in the classrooms were magnetic, the magnets lie flat, and are light, so these easily traveled from class to class. I also had a magnetic board in my therapy room. I grouped mine into various common categories shown in the drawers. I think I got this drawer container at Target in the hardware section. It is supposed to be for nails and screws and such, but I think my magnets put it to good use too. I also liked that it didn’t take up too much room in my therapy room.