A classroom can be a disaster zone, especially if your classroom isn’t well organized and is lacking visual interest to help the kids learn. To help you prepare for the school year ahead you should check out these brilliant tips and tricks for your classroom!
These creative classroom hacks are easy to prepare yourself and are budget-friendly! With some clever tricks featuring colorful DIY crate stools,Â try placing cups in a wine rack and use them to store pens and pencils or why to addÂ add polkadots to your tablesÂ to add some colorful decor!
1. Buy canvas work aprons and turn them into seat sacks.
Itâ€™s easy to make your own seat sacks if you have sewing skills, but this is a wonderful option if you donâ€™t even own a sewing machine.
2. Save your ears! Cover chair feet with tennis balls.
Just cut a hole and pop â€˜em on.
3. Add some extra seating options with DIY crate stools.
Learn more at The Eager Teacher.
5. Ikeaâ€™s Tolsby frames are great for making signs to set up around the classroom.
â€¦and they only cost $0.99.
Want some more inspiration? Click here to see how other teachers have used the frames.
6. Place cups in a wine rack and use them to store pens and pencils.
Sort them by color or by type.
Learn more at Playful Learning.
8. Or use them to keep track of pencils that need to be sharpened.
Get the free printable label to cover the can here.
9. Make your own easel board using PVC piping.
Many easels you find in teacher supply catalogues cost hundreds of dollars: You can make this one for around $25.
Learn more at The Owl Teacher.
10. Use wooden paint stirrers to break a shelf of books up into several sections.
Hereâ€™s hoping that everyone remembers to put the books back where they came from.
11. Transform ugly cardboard boxes into attractive storage containers with duct tape.
Theyâ€™ll look better and theyâ€™ll last longer.
Learn more at DIY Home Sweet Home.
12. Make a sign to keep track of papers without a name.
They can hang from the clothespins until someone claims them.
13. Buy plastic bracelets at a dollar store and use them when you need students to break up into groups.
This teacher has her class draw the bracelets from a fun monster-shaped pouch, but you could just use a bag or a box.
Learn more at Ms. Fultzâ€™s Corner.
14. Give a filing cabinet thatâ€™s seen better days a makeover using chalkboard paint.
Now you can use the exterior for notes (or doodles).
Learn more at Design Improvised.
15. Use crates to make a supply station for each group of desks.
Each week a different student could be in charge of keeping it organized.
16. Use carabiners to hang up backpacks.
They *always* slip off the hooks; this will keep them up off the floor.
17. Glue magazine holders together to make a homework organizer.
18. Use Command hooks to hang up baskets on the walls of your room.
Run out of shelf space? Head to the walls!
Learn more at The Kindergarten Smorgasboard.
19. Use contact paper to give yourself a snazzier desk.
20. Or to save your shelves from getting all banged up.
21. Or to add polkadots to your tables â€” you can write on them with dry-erase markers!
Teacher-approved desk scribbling.
Learn more at Polka Dot Kinders.
22. Set up an art cart on wheels.
Store it in a corner and wheel it out when necessary.
Learn more at TinkerLab.
23. Have a spare Ikea Kallax shelf hanging around the house? Turn it into a bench.
The shelf you see above is actually an Expedit shelf, but theyâ€™re no longer being produced. Thatâ€™s OK! The Kallax is pretty much the same thing.
Learn more at Refresh Living.
24. Make a magnetic art center using metal containers, magnets, and a metal board.
Students can just grab a few items off the wall or take a whole container back to their desk.
Learn more at Burton Avenue.
25. Turn book dust jackets into a banner to hang in your classroom library.
Dust jackets are a pain for little kids to deal with, so many teachers end up just taking them off. This is a fun way to put them to use.
Learn more at Kinder-Craze.
26. Cover up a dingy desk chair with cheery fabric.
You deserve to sit in an attractive chair.
Learn more at How Joyful.
27. Have a hard time finding the right workbook when you need it? Organize them by subject.
Magazine holders = life savers.
28. Manage your studentâ€™s library books with a specially designated bin.
Get the free printable label here.
29. Make your own binder clip tags.
These are so useful for labeling things around the classroom (and when you buy them at Staples or Office Depot the cost can really add up).
Learn more at Literacy Loves Company.
30. Stick Command hooks to the sides of desks and use them to hang supplies.
Or lunch bags.
31. Or use them to hang number lines and borders.
So much better than pushing them in between a shelf and the wall (or tossing them into a messy pile).
Learn more at The Brown Bag Teacher.
32. Push two filing cabinets together to make a magnet board.
You could attach the fabric and borders using double stick tape.
33. Eliminate door crowding by adding â€œline upâ€ stickers to your floor.
Well, *attempt* to eliminate doorway crowding.
34. Use a cookie pan to make a â€œWhere We Areâ€ board.
Each student will have a magnet with their name on it and whenever they need to leave the classroom, theyâ€™ll move their magnet to the place theyâ€™re heading off to.
35. Turn a tub into a â€œbook hospital.â€
A place for books to rest and relax until youâ€™re able to repair ripped pages.
Learn more at Learning in Wonderland.