Dollar Tree Must-Haves: Workbox Edition

It’s no secret that many of us use our own hard-earned money to purchase items for our classrooms.  Whether you are purchasing items to stay organized in the classroom, reinforcers, sensory items, classroom supplies, workbox items, etc., the bill can add up quickly.  But, these items don’t have to break the bank!  One of my favorite places to shop for all my classroom needs is the Dollar Tree.

This series of the Dollar Tree Must-Haves is all about workboxes!  The items listed below can be used to help you get started in creating a library of new workboxes, spark some fresh ideas for workbox tasks, or assist your current system in adding more structure to your tasks.

 

THE BASICS

Shoeboxes

These are the foundation of your library of work tasks and make for great storage containers to keep all your materials organized within each box.  

**Disclaimer: My local Dollar Tree has not had these for a few months.  I do buy these are Target or Walmart too!

Storage Containers…Think Tupperware

Keeping items contained, will help keep each task organized.  I love using these containers for storing pieces or using them as sorting bins.  These also make for a great workbox task for matching the correct lid to the container or sorting lids and containers.

 

Baskets 

When creating a workbox task, a student needs clear visual instructions that can answer the four questions:

  • What work needs to be done?
  • How much work needs to be done?
  • How will I know when I am finished?
  • What do I need to do next? 

Having baskets within your work task will help answer these questions. and make your student successful in independent work tasks.

Clothespins

These are a definite must-have!  If you own some of the TAH work tasks, these are the perfect buy for students to indicate the correct answer.  Clothespins can also be used within work tasks for patterns, numbers, letters, etc.

Getting Creative

Supplies for Creating New or Expanding Your Current Workbox System

Are you ready to go shopping? Get to your local Dollar Tree and start walking those aisles!  I can guarantee you will find enough supplies to create at least 10 new boxes to add to your library of work tasks.  Every time I walk into the Dollar Tree, I always find items that can be used to design more workbox tasks.  The possibilities are ENDLESS! 

Here are some of my favorite items:

  • pom poms
  • foam stickers
  • measuring cups/measuring spoons
  • pens/pencils
  • wash clothes
  • socks
  • popsicle sticks
  • tea candles
  • first aid supplies
  • colored notecards
  • beads
  • flashlights
  • a deck of cards
  • poker chips
  • markers
  • travel size hygiene supplies
  • toothbrushes
  • sunglasses
  • reading glasses
  • glasses cases

HAPPY SHOPPING!

3 Comments

  1. Love the organization in the picture! Does it stay organized after the members use the materials? Do you have suggestions on keeping it organized? Are you having the members put away and get the boxes?

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    • Thank you! Yes, it does stay organized. Students either have a list of what workbox they need to get or for some students, we have them pulled and in their work area. Once the student completes the workbox, they place it in a large plastic bin or crate (finished basket). At some point in the day or after students leave, staff will break down the task box (we never want to do it in front of students) and reset for the next day.

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  2. Thank you! Yes, it does stay organized. The students have a list of what workboxes to get or the workboxes are set up in the student’s work area prior to the day starting. Once the student completes the workbox, they place it in a finished bin (large plastic bin or crate). At some point throughout the day or once students are gone, staff will breakdown the task (we never want to break it down in front of students) and reset for the next day.

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