Everything you need this year to make your life a little bit easier in the classroom. Because we can use all the help we can get!
1. Quiet Spray
The quiet spray always works wonders. It brings a bit of mist and lots of smiles on your students’ faces!
2. The Tattle Phone
Probably the best invention ever made. Kids report their tattle to the phone connected to the teacher’s private voicemail. Have the kids write their names on a piece of paper and dial the secret number for a fine motor exercise beforehand, and keep the kids in control at any time.
3. Pencils with motivational messages.
Via: Pernille Rippe
Great idea to remind your students every day they’ve got what it takes, and they can move mountains. Sharpies work perfectly on all pencils!
4. Wrap a rubber band or a hair tie on your hand sanitizer bottle.
Via: A Turn to Learn
Avoid the mess!
5. Ouchie Lotion.
Via: Miss Giraffe’s Class
This works wonders in pre-k, kindergarten, and lower elementary classrooms. Simply stick an “Ouchie Lotion” label on a regular body lotion and watch the magic happen with any boo-boo.
6. Dry-erase circle vinyls on the tables to make learning fun!
7. Smart & fun way to appoint tasks to each student.
Write a different task/exercise on each ping-pong ball. Then let each student pick away!
8. Easy & cute pencils/pens/paintbrushes/dry erase markers/etc. organizer.
All you need is a shoebox and toilet paper rolls! Find other cheap DIY hacks for the classroom here.
9. A no-name board.
Learn how to make it here: 3rd Grade Thoughts
You know, for all those papers that are turned in with no names on, no matter how many times you reminded them not to forget to write their names at the top!
10. A cell phone jail.
Via: School Counselor Central
Control the cell phone madness in your classroom. See more fun phone jail ideas here.
11. Colored numbered stickers on the floor.
Great way to get kids to line up without fighting, pushing and running everywhere.
12. Stay organized with these cute cheap DIY binder clip tabs!
Learn how to make these here: Literacy Loves Company
13. Plastic plates work just as well as mini whiteboards. Plus they’re much cheaper!
Via: Elementary Nest
14. Cheap stress relief for “those” moments in class.
Via: The Pin Junkie
Good for the students as much as the teacher!
15. Silent Sprinkles for those chatty kids!
Simply fill up a sugar shaker with rice to make sure nothing comes out of it, and watch your class quiet down in a second!
16. Easy & fun reading set-ups.
Turn over chair and read! Find more reading corner ideas here.
17. Cool Down Cubes
“Great for students who have difficulty with anger. Using a permanent marker, write a safe “cool down” strategy on each ice cube. For example, count to ten, walk away, talk to a friend, take three deep breaths, etc. Leave a few of the cubes blank so that the students could come up with their own strategies.”
18. I’m Lost Bin
Via: Miss Giraffe’s Class
“Students will have a place to put those things for the time being and not have to ask you about it. Then, you can look through it at your leisure to help put them away or make it a responsible students’ job.”
19. Recycle & easy-to-use paint containers
Put all your different paints in squeeze ketchup bottles. Easy to use, and cheap to make – the perfect add-on to any classroom!
20. Micro-fiber facial pads whiteboard erasers.
Get them at the Dollar-Tree and make the perfect individual dry erase board erasers. Each kid can have his own, and they’ll last you months.
21. Pencil problem solution!
Cut straws, and duct tape them to the desk. No more pencils rolling around and/or disappearing!
22. From “To-Go Cup” to “No-Spill Paint Cup”!
Via: Be Brave, Keep Going
For a cleaner mess, recycle Starbucks’ coffee cups as paint holders.
23. Use painter’s tape on your whiteboard, to have kids practice their writing.
Cheap and easy, no residue left behind!
24. Transform a Pringles box into a cute ruler holder!
Via: 3rd Grade Gridiron