The first day of school is around the corner and It's time to make your classroom shine! However, Finding decor that is both stylish, functional and on-budget is easier said than done, right?
We've assembled a list of thrifty finds to inspire you on your back-to-school shopping for any budget range. Listed below are the best items we could find at Target, IKEA, Michael's Craft Supplies, Amazon and your local Dollar Store.
Put all your teacher essentials and move it around as needed. Use it as a mobile library, stacking books relevant to the upcoming unit.
Use it to section off part of your classroom for the library. Small enough for your students to hang out and big enough for you during Story Time.
An all-time teacher favorite, Target not only has a dollar section for inexpensive grabs, they also have a section dedicated to classroom decor! And of course, we can't get enough of the #targetteachers hashtag on Instagram, creeping on the innovative ways fellow teachers are utilizing Target supplies in their classroom.
Some of our favorite things to get from Tar-get...
1) Wall Decals
These are perfect for learning activities like tracing letters and numbers. Tack them up on the wall and rotate relevant worksheets for your early finishers.
For those students that easily get distracted, this will keep them on task. It’s fun and satisfying to check off (or get a sticker) for completed tasks!
99 cent store
Check out your local 99 cent store sporadically for random finds.
1) Raffle Tickets/ Treasure Box
Use raffle tickets to reward students for good behavior. They can write their names on the back and drop them in for Friday’s raffle! Ticket winners will get to choose a prize from the treasure box, comprised of fun and cheap toys from the 99 cent store!
2) Mason Jars
Use mason jars (canning jars) as decorative containers or holders! Or use them for classroom activities or lessons like "Guess how many marbles in the jar?"
3) Sticky Notes
Use sticky notes as part of your demos. Have a packet on hand for jotting down questions or comments for texts you or your students may have when reading.
Random things to flex your creative juices! Clothespins for behavior charts, mousetraps for magnetic clips and carabiners as DIY hooks for backpacks!
Flex your creative juices as you think up of DIY options for the classroom. They also have teacher project suggestions with a supply list and instructions at your disposal!
For simple art projects or for art time. Teach your students to make a fortune teller or a flower!
Instead of using tennis balls, this is a much easier and cheaper way to quiet those chair feet. DIY instructions here.
3) Interactive Wall
4) Door decor
Good for everything else and if you have Amazon Prime, take advantage of that free shipping and handling.
Motivate your students toward the college of their dreams with this fun set!
Connect it to your phone and make a playlist appropriate for dance breaks and morning meditations!
Use it in the morning to center your students for a full day of fun activities and intentional learning.
Hang these up to display what your classroom will or is currently working on. Update it according to style and holiday or seasonal themes.
Laminators are a teacher's best friend. Perfect for reusing worksheets or posters but also fabulous for classroom decor.