I can share with you some great Dollar Store Ideas that I picked up this week. Most of these are going to be phonics based since that is one of my upcoming sessions. First, all those pink, green, blue, and yellow facial pads will be used for erasers during center-time activities and dry-erase board fun. These are cheap materials you can use in your classroom in fun ways.
Small Hair Bands: Dollar Store Ideas
Next, there are two things I constantly buy at dollar stores hair bands! I use these tiny elastic bands during my calendar time to bundle those straws in ten sets. These elastic bands are tiny enough to hold the straws together. Plus, you only have to buy them once every few years.
Thick Hair Bands: Dollar Store Ideas
I also love to grab these hair bands. It is always good to keep several on hand to help a long hair child out on the playground on a hot day or during a messy art project… BUT… they are also a great help with handwriting.
A student who has a banded grip on their writing utensil can put the band on their wrist. Next, they put the pencil through backwards. Last, TWIST the pencil to the correct way. The twist holds the pencil in hand so the student has to grip the pencil correctly.
Hair Roller Hack: Dollar Store Ideas
Now onto the FUN stuff. I found these long hair rollers. You can see the three different packages, each with a different color. I also used scissors and a Sharpie. When I pulled the roller back, I saw how easily I can take them apart.
Once the rollers were off,
I cut the rollers into three sections each.
I wrote the VOWELS on the pink, then consonances on the blue.
Then, I wrote blends on the green.
Now I reassemble the rollers, using the mixture of sections. Now your students have small blending rollers to sound out real and nonsense words. Feel free to use a blue, pink, or blue combination as you need. The best part is… these are so small they are EASY to store.
Here is another way to use the larger curlers. Again, I take the curler apart. I cut it into two parts. Now you can write the initial letter on one side and the word family ending on the back. You could also easily do this with addition or subtraction problems as well.
Instant Games: Dollar Store Ideas
Don’t forget to swing by the teacher section. They stock a plethora of these decorations. There are 36 in a pack. They make INSTANT games.
I found the kite and rainbow this week. I put number sense items in each of the areas on the kite. Then I cut it apart. Now it is a SIMPLE but fun number sense puzzle. You can make numbers 1-10 and 11-20.
You can also see the rainbow image above. I used to practice rhyming words. Just add the words to rhyme on both parts then cut them in half.
Instant Games Take Two: Dollar Store Ideas
My favorite find was this mini Jenga-style game. It is VERY small and perfect for word work, centers, and really EVERYTHING. I took the pieces out of the box and write lowercase letters. NOW my students can practice letter identification, letter sounds, or BOTH while playing this game. I am dying to go back and grab MORE of these. I am thinking of sight word games as well. And what about additional practice?
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