Teachers LOVE a good deal and the Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places. Since we have to spend so much of our own money on our classroom, getting a good deal is important. My husband hates going in the store with me because he knows I'll just wander around wondering "what can I use this for?" :) When everything is so cheap, it's hard to determine what is junk and what is worth buying. Besides going down the teacher aisle and getting the obvious teacher supplies, I wanted to show you a few finds that I've used in my classroom that are worth purchasing.
1. Clothespins - I use clothespins for many things in my classroom and these hold up just as good as if you bought them anywhere else. Clothespins are great for a clip chart, lunch count board, clip the sound, etc.
3. Stickers - I use stickers in my writing center for "sticker stories" and I use them when grading student's papers. They are so much cheaper here than the teacher store, and honestly my students only get excited to get their sticker for about 5 seconds, so why waste money on them!
6. Containers - I have SOOOO many containers from the Dollar Tree. Last year they had all the colors in my classroom so I really stocked up. I use them for book baskets, my small group table, art center, clipboards, etc.
7. Sorting Trays - These are great to work on sorting in Math. You can also use these to organize craft supplies for each table or math manipulatives they'd need for an activity.
10. Silly Glasses - The Dollar Tree has so many funny glasses that my students love wearing when they do "Read the Room". I don't have to worry if the break because they were only $1!
12. Flyswatters - I use these to play "Splat". We play this in small group and whole group to work on sight words or any other skill. For sight words, I put words on flashcards and lay about 8 of them on the floor. Students have to smack the sight word that I say.
16. Wipe Off Boards - I have used these individual wipe off boards to throw in center tubs. You can also find a standard size wipe off board too, which I use during reading groups.
17. Flashcards - If you need some cheap flashcards to throw in centers, send home with students, or give to a volunteer that works 1-1 with students, the Dollar Tree has a variety of flashcards.
18. Playing Cards - I use playing cards in my math centers a lot. The cards are a bit more flimsy than some you'd get at Target or Walmart, but they are fine for classroom use. It's a lot cheaper to get them at the Dollar Tree when you are buying 10+ packs.
20. Puzzles - I use puzzles at the beginning of the year to work on team building. Students can also use them during their "free play" time at the end of the day or during inside recess. The Dollar Tree always changes their puzzles, so you can get new ones all year long. If you lose a piece, you're only out $1 if you have to throw it away. Some of the boxes are sturdier than others. If they don't hold up, I just put the puzzle in a plastic art box and cut out the cover of the box so they can still see how to make the puzzle.
Do you have any other suggestions of great finds you've seen at the Dollar Tree?