Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Teacher Finds and the Dollar Store

Dollar Store teacherIt's no secret that I LOVE shopping at the Dollar Store and the local .99¢ Store.  Who doesn't love a bargain.  If you remember my post from March How Much Money Do Teachers Really Spend on their classrooms, then you know why the Dollar Store and stores like it are a teachers best friend.


So what does one buy at theses kinds of stores?

CONTAINERSYes, I love containers, I have far too many, but never seem to have the ones I need.  I get a little excited when I see aisles full of colorful plastic bins.  Containers have so many uses.
    Dollar Tree plastic storage bins
  • Holds supplies
  • Holds Books on tables
  • Use for trash cans for each table
  • Paper Baskets


CLOTHESPINS
Dollar Store clothespins

  • Hang work on clothesline 
  • Clip student work together
  • Use for behavior chart, attendance charts, choice time charts
  • Use for Clip-It center activities.
  • Fine motor skills





TABLECLOTHS
Dollar Tree table Cloths, bulletin board covers




  • Cover tables o during art projects
  • Use on bulletin boards
  • Cover computers and bookcases during summer break





OFFICE SUPPLIES
Dollar Tree magazine holder
  • Magazine HoldersClip Boards
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Dry Erase Boards, Tape
  • Ink Pens
  • Pencils
  • Labels
  • Paper Clips
  • Binder Clips
  • Sharpies


CRAFT SUPPLIES
Dollar Tee school craft supplies, goggly eyes

  • google eyes
  • glue sticks (They even have GLITTER glue stick)
  • popsicle sticks
  • stickers
  • foam pieces
  • pipe cleaners




CLASSROOM DECOR
Dollar Store Teacher Supplies

  • Bulletin Board Trim
  • Die Cut Letters
  • Calendar pieces
  • Number lines
  • Name tags
  • Posters
  • Poster Board
  • Stickers


KITCHEN ITEMS
Dollar Tree sorting tray
  • Veggie Trays- use for sorting
  • Placemats- use for play-doh mats
  • Small containers- Use for glue tubs or play-doh containers
  • Tongs- Use for small motor skills
  • Funnels- Use in Sensory Bins
  • Measuring Cups-Use for Sensory Bins
  • Timers
  • Ice Cube rays-Use for stamps, sorting and ten frames
  • Cookie Sheets- Use for magnetic boards
  • Plastic Dish Pans-Use for book buckets
  • Brown Lunch Bags- use for puppets or gift wrap
  • Plastic Baggies
HARDWARE DEPARTMENT
Dollar Tree paint brushes

  • Drop cloths
  • Paint brushes
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Nails
  • Rope
  • Tape Measure
  • Level



HEALTH AND BEAUTY
Dollar Tree shaving cream, Supplies form Dollar Store
  • Shaving Cream-Use for sensory play, and art projects
  • Cotton Balls- Use for art projects
  • Make-up Sponges-Use for for dry erase boards
  • Q-Tips- Use for painting







SEASONAL ITEMS
Dollar Tree chalk, teacher supplies form dollar tree

  • Classroom Holiday Decorations
  • Chalk
  • Frisbees
  • Pool Noodles- Use for all kinds of thing
  • Bubbles







SPONGES
Dollar Tree sponges, glue sponge supplies
  • Glue sponges
  • Classroom cleanup
  • Water play
  • Painting







So before you head back into your classroom make a list of all things you might need for the year.   Then stop at your local Dollar Store to stock up on supplies.



1 comments:

Trish said...

So glad to hear I am not the only one with a serious addiction to containers and bins! My husband says I need a "bintervention"! I will be heading to the Dollar Tree with my list! I also found out that our local dollar store is having a 10 percent off your total sale before back to school! Squeal!

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