I have been asked a number of times about the supplies used for all of our play activities. I have been getting questions like where do you purchase it all? How do you handle the cost? Doesn't all the supplies cost a fortune? What supplies would you recommend purchasing to someone who is just beginning to build a foundation of supplies?
These inquiries have inspired me to compile a list of supplies that we use regularly along with a ton of ways to use each item. Once I started compiling this list, I realized just how much of our play materials were purchased at The Dollar Tree, and so I was compelled to create a list of items that can be purchased there. While this is not a complete list of the materials we use, it contains the vast majority. These fun play times don't have to send you broke. While it did take quite a few dollars to build up a nice foundation of supplies, it is something you can do slowly.
Most of the items here can easily be adapted for the classroom so if you are a teacher, this list is for you too!
I have broken the list down by aisle, and given several examples of ways to use many of the items for play.
personal favorite. In the classroom- put some on the children's desks and let them practice tracing their letters in the shaving cream. It acts as a cleaning agent, wipes right off, and is tons of fun. We also had lots of fun with our bubble wrap sensory slide
15. Bubble bath- I buy our bubble bath at The Dollar Tree. It is tear free, and creates lots of bubbles. It is
**This whole aisle can pretty much be utilized in some way. Children prefer real gadgets to pretend ones, and if you purchase then at The Dollar Tree, they are actually cheaper than the imitations. Win/win**
The Art/Craft/ Office Aisle
36. Poster board- these are two for $1and come in an array of colors. We used postal board to create a
50. Stickers- my toddler loves stickers. When I need to get dinner started, I often give her stickers and
paper. Keeps her occupied for a bit. Stickers are also a great prize for teachers to have on hand. You could also try sticker resist art
51. Foam sheets- these can be used in all sorts of ways. Besides all the general crafting, they magically stick to the bath walls when wet. Bath pumpkin art and a Boo bath are two fun ways we have used them.
You could do something similar in the classroom using the windows
52. Felt sheets- great for arts and crafts. We create things for our felt board out of these sheets. Here
100. Lots of pool toys- rafts, beach balls, arm floaties. Sand toys, buckets, shovels, and so much more!!!
Also don't forget to check out The Holiday Section!!!
Whenever you go to The Dollar Tree, be sure and walk through the holiday section. You can find so many great materials. I get the bulk of the items I use to create our holiday sensory bins from there. Check out my Valentines Day sensory bin and my St. Patrick's Day sensory bin bin for examples.