Better Bucket Filling "Buckets"

I love Bucket Filling and incorporating it throughout our day and year. It is such a fantastic way of thinking about our words and actions and the best part is that it's so simple!

I blogged about how I launched bucket filling HERE and I wanted to tell you about a super-fun find that is working perfectly in my classroom this year- a hanging jewelry organizer!
My mom found this one for me at TJ Maxx for under $20 and it was such a great deal!

This hanger has 30 small pockets and three large pockets on the bottom. I used address labels to label each pocket with a student's name and am using the bottom middle pocket to store the blank bucket filler cards.

These are business cards from Vistaprint and you can usually get them for super-cheap. I just altered the text on the card design found HERE or by searching "Owl Business Card".

These tiny pockets are perfectly sized to hold these cards and it makes it sosososo easy for me to see who needs a quick bucket-filling :)

The kids must be in love with this as much as I am because they are writing these cards all.of.the.time!! When we just had one class bucket, I noticed that mainly the girls were filling the cards out for other girls, but with this system, EVERYONE is getting on board!

My students will empty these pockets every Friday at the end of our class meeting and read through them before they take them home to share with their parents. That gives me a full week to make sure each child's pocket "bucket" is full with at least one card to read and take home :)

I found a few options on Amazon by searching for "Hanging Jewelry Organizer" just in case your local TJ Maxx doesn't have any in stock.

Some good news for those of you with multiple classes is that there are 33 pockets on the front and 33 on the back. We don't use the back in my class, but you could easily flip this around to use with two classes if you needed to!

The other piece of good news is that this whole hanger measures about 26"x16", so it takes up barely any room. This was ideal for me, since wall space is at a premium in my classroom and, although I wanted to make one desperately, I just couldn't find the space to hang individual buckets for each student. Problem solved and I am super happy :)

I hope this find helps you as much as it did for me!


  1. Super great idea! Love the cards/pocket hanger. Perfect :-) Bucket filling is such a good way to teach kids how to affirm one another.

    1. Thanks, Allyson! I completely agree- the affirmation piece for kids is huge :)


  2. This is a super brilliant and cute idea! I really need to try and read the Bucket book; here is Australia I don't think I've ever seen it on a bookshelf! :( I think it would be a great character tool to have in a my classroom, once I finish starting and have 'kids of my own'!

  3. I love Bucket Fillers and we use it school wide K-4. I use library pockets but I LOVE your jewelry holder!!!!

  4. Love this idea!!! I just read the bucket filling book to my class this week for the first time. It's been a great religion lesson for our three day week since we aren't doing a chapter out of our book. (Thank you Labor Day and the DNC for giving me two days off this week!) I was trying to come up with an idea to do individual buckets but there's only room for a class bucket with 30 kids. A jewelry hanger is a wonderful idea! I think I'll be heading out today in search of one to wrap up the lesson with when we return to school tomorrow. Thank you!!!

  5. I have been using a jewelry holder for years and it is awesome:) The kids love it!

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  6. Such a great idea...thanks for sharing

  7. Hi Stephanie! I absolutely love your blog and many wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing! I was thinking that maybe you could even use velcro to attach the student names to the jewelry pockets so you can change the names easily every year. I feel like the labels would be hard to come off, especially if it's on the entire year. Just a suggestion. I love this idea because our school does Project Cornerstone and this is one of the books we read. Thanks again!

  8. Thank you for sharing your bucket filler small space idea. I love it. I do not have a blog but love all of the sharing that all of you do. Thank you very much.

  9. I LOVE this idea so much, I went to Vista Print, made the cards for my teaching partner and myself and then TJ Maxx to get the holder! AND both were on sale! yeah! I read your blog alllll the time, thanks for sharing all your great ideas. Teachers like me are so grateful! :-)