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What teacher does just love a dollar store?!  I have found such great finds in our local Dollar Tree – from art supplies to toys to storage baskets!  I also find a lot of my playhouse clothes and great books in local thrift stores and Goodwill’s – great items and low prices!  I would love to hear if any of you out there have found great items at a dollar or thrift store and how you use them!  Sometimes I find great items but don’t buy them because I can’t quite figure out what I would use them for. Either that or I leave them because I don’t have any place to store them when they aren’t in my classroom!  I have officially run out of storage in my home and classroom!  😦

My most recent find was a ladybug and worm that start out small but grow when you put them in water.  So, I put them in clear plastic containers so we could observe how they change.  The children are getting a kick out of watching them grow!  The good thing is the package says if you take them out again they will shrink back to their original size and then they can be reused – this is great to hear because now for an investment of $2 I can use these year after year until they stop working!  Awesome!

Next week I think we’ll walk around the grounds of our building (lets hope Ms. Lezze-Faire says yes) in search of insects to observe…I’m sure the children will get a kick out of that!  Not quite as cool a walk around the neighborhood would be but at this point I’ll take what can get!  The children have been drawing bugs in their journals lately…lots of ladybugs and butterflies.  They even draw the very hungry caterpillar – a green body with a red head – very cool!

I’ve put plastic bugs in the oatmeal table and I die-cut leaves and wrote numbers on them and we’ve used them as counting mats with our bug counters.  I’ve also added large bug stuffed animals that I found around the school to our Jungle (read: playhouse area).  Furthermore, I’ve been reading books about insects and stories that have insects as the main character.  All I need to do is find an art project for next week and I’ll be set….so I’m off to search the web for something good!

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About deepbluetide

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a private christian school. I work mornings with 4 year olds (most of whom enter my class in July still being 3 - they're babies!) and then in the afternoon work "daycare" - which is basically my own class combined with 5 year old children. One things for sure - it's never dull! I had no idea growing up I would be teaching pre-k today! It took me totally off guard - but in the end I wouldn't change a thing! I have worked with children whose age range is 6 weeks through 12 years. In the end I have decided that my current age group is my favorite! And in case you were wondering - all names mentioned are changed to protect the identities of those involved. Enjoy!

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  1. This is my absolute FAV topic! I am a bargain shopper junkie and have spent many hours hunting for classroom items at thrift stores, Garage Sales, Dollar Stores, Craig’s List, and eBay. I think I find the best deals on Craig’s List though. You can read about some of my great finds here: http://www.pre-kpages.com/craigs_list.html and http://www.pre-kpages.com/ebay.html One year I moved from one campus to another. My original campus had plenty of materials and supplies, but my new campus had nothing but 4 walls, a teacher desk, and some tables and chairs for the kids. Needless to say I spent my entire summer at Goodwill, garage sales, dollar stores and ebay (this was before Craig’s List existed). I found a like new Fisher Price baby doll bed for $5 at a garage sale! I was on cloud 9 for days after that 🙂 Happy Shopping!

    • i forgot about ebay! I’ve found TONS of great items there! Garages sales are great too! I found a fantastic easel for my class at a garage sale for only $3! I also love the dollar section at Target! I’ve gotten baskets, playhouse props, science items, and other supplies there! i even got soil, seeds, and small disposable planters from a lady on Freecycle last year! I’m always on the outlook for a good bargain!

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