Teachers are always looking for clever ways to organize and decorate their classrooms on tight budgets. Well these ideas taken from various teacher blogs absolutely nailed the concept of classroom hacks for teachers on a budget! After all, "Teachers best resources are each other"! Follow the links under each photo to see more details about each classroom tip.
1. Glue pom-poms to the caps of dry-erase markers to create cute and easy-to-use erasers.
2. Soak your glue tops in some vegetable oil to unclog them from all that hardened glue that builds up!
3. Awesome idea for refining students motor skills! Give them a wet paintbrush and have them trace letters and patterns on a chalkboard.
4. For the price of those Starbucks iced lattes, you might as well find a way to reuse the cups! They make great paint & paintbrush holders, and minimize the mess.
5. Use coloured popsicle sticks and some googly eyes to make these cute guided reading sticks for beginner-level readers!
6. Christmas is just around the corner! Check out this idea, using kitchen sponges cut into different shapes to paint adorable gift bags!
7. Don't throw away those dried-up markers just yet! Take off the caps and soak them upside-down in water to make your own watercolors to paint with!
8. Use printable magnetic paper for all kinds of activities on the whiteboard (or an old cookie sheet)!
9. Use a hot glue gun to stick thumbtacks to clothespins, and then hang artwork, or papers with no names on the bulletin board without poking holes in them!
10. Up-cycle your hand soap containers by filling them with paint for less mess & easy use during class!
11. Use multi-color sticker dots to label students' desks, and make it easier to break students into groups or assign tasks.
12. Keep track of your supplies by labelling them with sticker dots. It's a great sensory motor activity for kids, as well!
13. Use a clothes rack and pants hangers to store and have easy access to different visual aids and poster-activities!
14. Everyone has one of these nasty-looking plastic crayon baskets that looks like this. Well, go get yourself a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and just like magic, it will come out looking brand-NEW!
15. We've all suffered trying to open up those glue caps. Pro tip: Keep a nutcracker tool in your classroom and give your fingers a break!
16. Use painter's tape on the whiteboard for kids to practice their handwriting!
17. Don't throw away those old broken crayons! Put them into any kind of baking mold, pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes, and when they cool off, you have new crayons in fun new shapes that the kids will love!
18. Pro-tip: Soaking crayons in water helps to easily remove the paper wrapping before trying #17!
19. Don't wanna rip the paint off your classroom walls? Use painters tape with double-sided tape or hot glue gun on top, to hang stuff.
20. Let's face it, when we ask kids to sit in a circle, it NEVER ends up looking like a circle! Use colored velcro on carpets (or tape on floors) to make it easier to keep your circle looking like a circle!
21. If you don't want to spend the money on dry-erase lapboards, old DVD cases can also do the trick!
22. Keeping your dry-erase markers upside down, either in a cup or with velcro on the board for easy access, will help them last a lot longer!
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23. Use your left over Easter egg dye to color wooden clothespins for bulletin boards and organizing papers!
24. Take a clean glue cap and put it on a small paint container so students can write with paint!
25. Make these awesome Bead Racks for Math class using only elastic string, colored beads, and rectangular-cut pieces of cardboard!
26. Make your own paint with just a cup of salt, a cup of flour, a cup of water and some food coloring. Put them in condiment bottles for easy use.
SHARING is CARING! :)