2. Craft Supplies – Pipe cleaners, foam stickers, beads, glue sticks, foam, etc. are things that don’t really matter the quality, so these are just fine for many of the crafts that I do. I don’t buy their construction paper, crayons, or glue because those I don’t think are that great.
4. Labels – Whether you are labeling folders or needing name tags, the Dollar Tree has a lot of labels. They typically have these cute labels during the back to school season. I stock up on them and use them for field trips.
5. Contact Paper – I use contact paper for a variety of things. To cover paper back books to make them sturdier, to cover my numbered circles on the floor for my line-up order, and patterned contact paper to re-cover filing cabinets.
8. Facial Scrubbers – I use these as mini erasers for our dry-erase boards. They come in 4 bright colors and they go perfect with my polka dot themed classroom!
9. Headphones – I went through a lot of headphones for my computer center and they would break or stop working. Now, I just grab these cheap ones because they work just as good.
11. Pointers – There are a variety of things you could use for pointers, but I think these wands are pretty sturdy. The colors also go with my bright colored classroom! My students use these and the silly glasses for their “Read the Room” activities.
13. Slinkies – Besides just being fun to play with, these mini slinkies are great to use in my reading group. I teach kids to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out words. They pull the slinky apart each time they say a sound in the word. SUPER FUN!
14. Push Lights – Dollar Tree has these lights in a few different shapes. I use these in my small group if we are playing a game and I have them “buzz” in. We also work on phoneme segmentation and put 3 down and click one light for each sound we hear in the CVC word.
15. Pocket charts – These small pocket charts are great for individual students to work on building words, matching games, sorting, etc. I also use them on my reading and math wall for vocabulary cards when I don’t need a huge pocket chart.
19. Dice – you can get small dice there, but these jumbo dice are so much more fun to use! I throw these in math centers and the students love them!
I don’t work for or get paid anything from the Dollar Tree for posting this (I wish!). I’m just trying to help another teacher out by saving you money and knowing what’s worth buying for $1 and what’s worth buying elsewhere. I also LOVE the Target dollar spot, but they change their selection ALL the time and it’s not always the same everywhere around the country. The nice thing about the Dollar Tree, is that these items are available all year round and at every Dollar Tree I’ve been too.
Do you have any other suggestions of great finds you’ve seen at the Dollar Tree?