I am excited to share with you how I quickly (and cheaply!) solved that problem this afternoon:
With the help of Tracy from Creekside Teacher Tales, I was able to make this adorable marker station for around $20!
Here's what you'll need:
- Sterlite Mini 3-drawers (x3)-- I got mine at Walmart (they had black and white) and they were around $7 a piece
- Tracy's freebie HERE
- Markers (leftover from last year)
- Clear tape
I taped these to the inside of the drawer, then sorted my messy tubs of markers into these nine, color-coded drawers.
The results make me grin from ear to ear!
|Don't be jealous of my drab-fab 1970's era countertop ;) ;)|
My heart sings :)
In the teal bins on either side that hold up the shelf, I have filled the drawers with extras of:
- glue sticks
- color pencils
- sticky notes
- hand pencil sharpeners
That way, if a glue stick from their Table Supply Bins is dried out, they can quickly get a new one from these drawers without too much interruption. Same goes for erasers and markers.
I also restrict the use of Table Bins so they can stay nice for when we need them for a class project, so this area does get a bit of traffic during Friday Free Choice Time if kiddos want to color, or during Ketchup & Pickle Time if a student needs to finish an assignment.
The top board is just a shelf from the hardware store that I spray painted and on top, we store tape dispensers, lined paper, and white paper.
To the left, you can see my Sharp & Dull Pencil Bins (a freebie you can find HERE) and my ruler holder (tutorial HERE).
I hope this gives you some good ideas for your own Community Supplies Area and be sure to head to Creekside Teacher Tales to pick up this adorably cute freebie!!
PS- Congratulations to Karin S.-- check your email because you are the winner of my Writing the Playbook Giveaway!! Be sure to check back next month for September's book :)