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I love the Dollar Tree. The Dollar Tree was one of my favorite stores to pick up classroom supplies when I was a public school teacher. They have so many things that can be used for lessons and classroom organization.
A trip to the Dollar Tree is never quick for me. I want to wander down every single aisle. On a recent trip I found all of these amazing deals!
Compound Words Activity Kit
The compound word activity kit includes three sets of compound word challenges. Your child matches the halves to create the compound word. The kit comes with a tree, hot air balloon, and a bee hive background. It also comes with apple, bee, and cloud compound word stickers. You place one half of the stickers on the accompanying background. Your child matches and sticks the other half of the compound word.
The stickers can not be easily removed, so I recommend using this activity as an assessment after your kids understand compound words pretty well.
National Geographic Kids Activity Place Mats
This package of activity place mats includes 2-4 copies of 4 different designs for a total of 12 placemats. The themes are big cat/jungle animals, reptiles/insects, safari, and underwater. The placemats are made of large pieces of paper. The place mats include activities such as word searches, unscrambling words, dot to dots, and coloring. Each place mat also includes animal facts.
These activity place mats would be great at the breakfast table or in a boredom busting basket.
Segmented trays like this are not just for veggie platters. They are great for organizing craft supplies. You can put one component of a craft project in each section. This keeps the supplies organized and not rolling around the table. Trays like this are also perfect to use during sorting practice with preschoolers. For example, little ones can sort buttons (with supervision so it isn’t a choking hazard) – just put one color in each section.
Alphabet stickers make spelling practice a little more enjoyable. I found a variety of stickers in the school supply aisle at the Dollar Tree. They are available in a plethora of sizes and colors. I even found a pack of foam alphabet stickers. This is great for kids to be able to trace. They can spell a few words with the foam letters and then close their eyes and try to ‘read’ the word with their fingers.
Traditional School Supplies
I am usually a little leery of buying school supplies at dollar stores, but I found some great choices. These three ring pencil pouches will be perfect for days we do school out of the house. A new mini stapler will be great to bring along too. These composition books are a little more expensive than the back to school deals at Walmart and Target, but the covers were really cute and fun. I love glitter so I couldn’t resist buying each kiddo a new journal. I would avoid the crayons though. They are usually very poor quality.
My local Dollar Tree had two varieties of Science For Kids kits – grow your own crystal tree or make your own snow. I bought the crystal kit because I know from experience that make your own snow projects are incredibly messy. Consider yourselves warned 😉 These kits do not line up with our science curriculum this year, but I am planning to pull them out as a little pick-me-up on a dreary rainy day.
Shaped Mini Erasers
Mini erasers are a fantastic math manipulative. You can use them for patterning, counting, and comparing. They are small and easy to store. I like to have different mini erasers for each season. Ironically, we have never used them for actually erasing.
I was so excited when I spotted these dice in the school supply aisle at my local Dollar Tree! Each side has a dry-erasable label. The uses for these dice are limitless. I plan to use them for addition, multiplication, greater than less than, and building compound words. You could demonstrate probability with these dice too.
We don’t have store bought cookies in the house very often so Hannah and Ben are always extremely excited when they see these in the pantry. They have a competition to see who can spell the most words during snack time. Allison at No Time for Flashcards has these wonderful free printables to use with alphabet cookies.
Sponges without the scrubby side are great for craft projects. You can easily cut them into shapes for a fun painting experience. You will need one piece of sponge for each paint color.
Clothespins can be used to hold small pieces of sponge and dip in paint. This is a great way for kids with texture issues to use finger paint. Clothespins are also useful for marking choices on cards. Here are pizza fraction clip cards. Clip cards are easy to make at home for almost any subject. When Ben and Hannah were learning the alphabet I wrote uppercase letters on index cards and lowercase letters on clothespins. Their job was to correctly match the letters.
Beads are an obvious craft choice, but they are also a great math manipulative. They are perfect for sorting, counting, demonstrating fractions, and patterning. Beads are a fun way to practice these skills because the kids just think they are making a bracelet. They don’t necessarily realize they are learning!
The Dollar Tree has an entire aisle of plastic baskets. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. These inexpensive baskets are perfect for organizing. I use a few in my laundry room to organize my arts and crafts supplies. Having all of our paint supplies in one basket makes it quick and easy to set up a painting activity.
What are your favorite Dollar Tree deals?