Attention all teachers, check out these Dollar Store Teacher Hacks. Do you love grabbing items from the dollar store to use in your classroom? Get ready for a treat all about Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas. I am going to show you things items I snagged and ideas to use in your classroom. I have 7 of these fun dollar store hacks & ideas I am sure you will love!
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 1: Colorful Shot Glasses
First, I found these colorful shot glasses in the tropical, luau section recently. I snagged up all three colors because these make perfect pieces for light table pieces and ideas. You can use clear shipping labels (Amazon link here) or Sharpies to make learning activities. You can read more about the light table ideas here. For one dollar for 24 plastic glasses, grab these now!
Additionally, I love the idea of using these cups for sight words as well. Think about a stackable game.
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 2: Shaped Decor Sheets
Next, the rule for the dollar store should be: grab these decor sheets up even if you don’t know what to do with them! 36 colorful pages for $1 is worth holding onto in case you are up the air about the use. additionally, Here are the decor sheets I found and a few ideas you can use them for.
Earth Decor Sheets
-Earth Day activities and matching games
-th digraph with the picture on one side and the word on the other
-2D or 3D shape sorting activity
Pineapple Decor Sheets
-Tags that read something like “Be sweet and stand tall.”
-Fact families activity with the number on the top and equations that may be in the fact family below. If you laminate, students can circle the fact families are correct.
– Tag for a gift that reads “One Sweet Class”- great door decor for any pineapple-themed classroom
Ladybug Decor Sheets
-Equations with an answer on one side and an equation on the other, then cut in half
-Rhyming pairs with two rhyming words on either side, then cut in half
-Compound words like a ladybug. You can put the word on one side and the image on the other, or you can put a word on either side before cutting it in half.
Cupcake Decor Sheets
-Word on top then decode the word in pieces below. For example hat on the icing part, then h, a, t cut into pieces for the cake part.
-A birthday card for students
-Number sense with the number on top and a matching ten frame on the bottom
Rain Cloud Decor Sheet
-This is my favorite
-Making sets of ten using the raindrops as counters. Write 6+__= 10 on the top and have your students find the missing number.
-Subtracting from 10 using the raindrops as counters. Write 10-__= 7 on the top and have your students find the missing number.
-Use for any other math activity. If using it for another number, just cut off the unneeded raindrops from the back.
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 3: USA Puzzles
Then, I grabbed several of these 60-piece puzzles sets. If I use them all in my classroom, I will mark the bottoms of each puzzle with the same color marker. One puzzle will be marked red while another marked blue. This way if a piece gets mixed in, I will be able to return it to its home easily. This puzzle is ideal for Presidents Day activities. The box won’t hold up long, so I will cut the front off and put the front picture with the pieces in a gallon-size baggie.
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 4: Rubbing Plates
Since I am a huge fan of rubbing plates, I was excited when I found 4 different sets of them this week! The red sets were backgrounds. The green set was plants. Blue is the ocean. Yellow is flowers. There are only three plates per set, so you may need more than one set. I still love this insect set on Amazon and this leaf rubbing set on Amazon too. Those sets have 16 rubs per set. You have to know how many rubs you need for your students as well as the price you are willing to pay.
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 5: Sticker Activity Kits
Then, I love these sticker activity sheets. I will not be using this as a sticker set though. My idea is to stick the pieces on the inside of the lamination pieces before running them through! Once I cut them out, they can act as a center and sorting activities! How fun is that?
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 6: Craft Sticks
Now, I love craft sticks and I love the price of these! Why? They aren’t thick, but they will work for these awesome sound sticks! We are talking about a penny a stick so you can make a class set of these sound sticks with 78 sounds using under one pack a student! I suggest putting some of these sticks on your back-to-school list or even your wish list. Need your own sound sticks? You can get the download here.
Dollar Store Teacher Hacks & Ideas 7: Bath Toys
Marsha McGuire introduced me to these and I love them so much. She uses them for hands-on games and I am hooked. Think about adding fr blends to the bottom of the frogs, then place the frogs in a sensory table for learning fun! The dollar store also has ducks and other seasonal suggestions. You can also check out Marsha’s idea for morning tubs as well. I honestly want all these bath toys now!
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