Tuesday, February 23, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...(please read in a sing songy voice)

I'm a 3 R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) junkie. I've mentioned Treasures 4 Teachers before, but I've got to say that this is my favorite place to go. It is inspirational, my creative juices gush and I only spend a max of $15 with a trunk load and backseat of my car full of fun, fun stuff! Here are a few (I don't want to give it all away today) of my favorite ideas I've adapted from T4T and many other places....

1. Wipe-off Boards: Cut the front and back part off of white binders with front sleeves (which I can get for FREE @ T4T). You can put pictures, child's names, shapes, numbers, letters or anything you are wanting them to learn how to draw/write into the clear plastic sleeve. Dry erase markers wipe off easily .
2. Styrofoam Dice: Large styrofoam squares with permanent marker dots! Easy! We use these for a lot of our math games or just a quick game of addition if we have a few minutes to spare.

3. Rain Stick: Don't you just love the sound of a rain stick? It is so soothing. Here we used large mailing tubes, nails and styrofoam packing peanuts. Paint the mailing tube, hammer in nails through out the tube and then add the styrofoam packing peanuts inside. We used a mixture of dried beans, rice and lentils to give it the rainy sound. (The packing peanuts slow down the bean mix to make the sound last longer.)

More to come next week! (I'm going to try and make this a weekly thing.)


  1. I love reusing and repurposing, too. (I call it Dollar Store/Dumpster Disorder!)

    All your ideas are great - I really like the wipe off board idea.

    (Fair warning: I'm going to steal it...but I'll give you full credit if anyone asks me about it!)

  2. Steal away, Scott! That's why I blog! :)

  3. Great ideas! I love those stores. We had a few that I used to frequent in Michigan. Unfortunately, there aren't any here in southwest Florida. Someone should start one!

  4. Love the ideas! I must try the whiteboards soon!


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