First, since we are in the real world, I am using Amazon links. The truth is… this is the primary way I choose to shop. At my door in 2 days is my jam. If you can find these things cheaper elsewhere, do it. I have just found my time is usually the most valuable thing I have and I am not a shopper AT ALL. Shop around. Compare prices. You do you. I use Amazon.
Next, yes… some of these items will be cheaper during back to school. Grab when they are cheap but I use Amazon when I run out. But as you are looking for classroom things, here is my wish list for teachers.
Basic Supplies & Consumables
These are the things I use each year and go through. Many of these items may be provided to you by your families, so you can even use this list to create a supply list.
-8 Pan sets of Crayola Washable colors (here)
-Expo Dry Erase Fine Point Marker 12 count (here)
-8 count Crayola Crayons larger (here)
-8 count Crayola Crayons regular size (here)
-Page protectors 100 count (here)
-Mead Primary Journals 12 count (here)
-Elmer’s All Purpose Glue Sticks 30 Pack (here)
-Elmers 4oz Glue Bottles 12 pack (here)
-Ticonderoga Gold Pencils 72 count (here)
-Ticonderoga pencils (here)
-Binder Rings 100 count (here)
-Laminating Pouches 100 count (here)
-Smart Start Writing paper (here)
Start off Your Classroom
Once you have what you NEED, these are the items I love and use every day, but I don’t have to purchase them again and again because they last for so long. Some of these are priced higher items but since I keep them in my classroom, they are worth it in the long run. You can create a wish list for your classroom needs to share with your parents! Check out these Amazon Wish List Ideas for Teachers.
-Whiteboard Clipboard pack of 30 (here)
-Paint cups with lids (here)
-Learning Cubes/Pocket Chart Dice (here) / ideas to use them (here)
-Blue, Green, and Yellow 3 piece Pocket Chart dice (here) / ideas to use them (here)
-Handwriting Without Tears Slide, Stamp, & Screen (here)
-Sentence Pocket Chart (here)
-Calendar Pocket Chart (here)
-X-ACTO Pencil Sharpener (here)
-Really Good Stuff Colored Larger Baskets (here)
-Really Good Stuff Colored Thinner Baskets (here)
-Scotch Laminator (here)
-Fiskars Scissors Class Set (here)
-SnapWords Cards (here)
You can see how I use many of these items in my classroom by visiting my Classroom Reveal post here.
The Bigger Items
Here are more significant items that you can get over time. (Think Donor’s Choose, PTO, Grants, and other funds.)
-Light Panel (here) / ideas to use this (here)
-Wobble Seats (here) / ideas to use them (here)
-Art Easel **This is my dream item at the moment** (here)
-Colorful tables **I hope your school provides these, but in case they don’t** (here)
A few of the technical elements are achievable for classroom use.
-Kidz Gear Wired Headsets (here)
-USB hub for school computers to gain USB drives (here)
-Osmo Base for iPad (here) **I actually recommend all Osmo items for the classroom except the race car game.)**
Ideas to use Osmo (here)
You can never have enough COOL math manipulatives.
-Yellow and Red two-sided counter (here)
-Unifix Cubes pack of 300 (here)
-Pattern Blocks (here)
-Ten Frame Stamp (here)
-Ten Frame Towers Board (here)
-100 Chart (here)
-Learning Resources Buggy Balance Measurement Activity Set (here)
-Learning Resources Dive into Shapes! Builds 3D shapes (here) / ideas to use it (here)
-Educational Insights Number Balance (here)
-Geometric Nets Cut Outs for Solid Shapes (here)
Word Work Fun
Hands-on reading is fun!!! I use these items all the time in my classroom and highly recommend them.
-Learning Resources Word Constructions (here) / ideas to use them (here)
-Lowercase Letter Beads (here) / ideas to use them (here) and (here)
-Alphabet Acorn Game (here)
-Foam Square Color Tiles (here) /ideas to use them (here)
-Alphabet Learning Locks (here)
-Magnetic Lowercase Letters in Storage Case (here)
-Spelligator (here) /ideas to use it (here)
Many of these items are used for hands-on learning fun. You can read about this (here.)
-Light Refraction Glasses to see colors in the light like a prism (here)
-Create Your Own Kaleidoscope Sets 12 pack (here)
-Learning Resources Playground Engineering & Design (here)
-Mindware Letter Treasure Word Building Game (here)
-Game Zone Honey Bee Tree Game (here)
-EdX Junior Geostix (here)
-Leapfrog Letter Pop-Up Game (here)
Make Your Teacher Own Wish List
Now these Amazon teachers’ wish list must-haves are amazing but did you know you can make a teacher wish list and share it with your families? You can change it and edit it as often as possible to get the most needed and useful items for your classroom. Go to Amazon. Log in. Find “Accounts & Lists” then scroll down and click “Create a list.”
What About Amazon Prime Days?
Since we have shown you Amazon Wish List Ideas for Teachers, we also have helped to snag all those Prime Day Sales! You can read here to find out what we are looking for and what has been on sale in years past.
Because of the popularity and reoccurring questions from teachers about wish lists for teachers,
I have created a Facebook Group dedicated to digital deals for teachers.
You can join HERE.