Tuesday, July 2, 2013

100 Sweet and Simple Classroom Dollar Store Solutions

When you're spending your own cash to teach students, you learn how to be resourceful. Many teachers have learned the power of the dollar for their classrooms. From the dollar bins at the front of Target (I always have to check out their school items.) to the Dollar Stores, teachers have walked through the doors of those stores and come out with their next teaching solution for just a dollar.

dollar store teaching ideas linky

My challenge for you is to share your best dollar store classroom creation or find. Let us know how you plan to use it in the classroom. Please share any other tips too.

Then add your link to the bottom of this post and be sure to link back to this post too. I've got room for 100 Sweet and Simple Dollar Store education creations below. (Be sure that you are Pinterest friendly. We'll want to pin these ideas and even feature some favorites here.)

Here's mine: Rainbow Craft Stick Tally Marks

ideas for craft sticks
I picked up this pack of rainbow craft sticks. These work really well for a hands-on tally exercise. Give children five of each color and show them how to make tally marks.
counting by 5s

craft stick tally marks

Since they will only have five of each color, it will be easy to create like sets. This is a natural way to then work with counting by fives. Then, of course, the kiddos can work with ordering the colors of a rainbow.
roygbiv rainbow colors

And that's a sweet and simple way to use a dollar store find to help teach the kiddos.


  1. I just found these in my room, the EXACT same pack and gave it to a first grade teacher friend...she was beyond happy! The tally marks is a terrific idea, thanks!
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  2. The tally marks are a GREAT idea! We use those same colored sticks to make Six Pillar picture frames, then we write words of wisdom on the small papers that we'll frame.

    The Corner On Character

  3. I really like this idea! I'm going to have to go and see if my dollar store has any.

    Diving Into Learning

  4. I love following your blog and your Pinterest boards, and I just nominated you for the Liebster blog award! Go and check out my post for the details :)


  5. I Like your stuff.once i sent you mgs through youtube also.anyway keep it up
    pls drop into my blog and share your ideas.its is really brand new




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