How often do you personally purchase supplies for your Mission Friends class? Most teachers purchase supplies out of their own pockets at least once a month, if not more frequently. Armed with a little creativity, you can find a number of reusable supplies at your local dollar store. Here are a few ideas for dollar-store items that I use with my own preschoolers:
Chip-and-dip trays: Sort objects in the compartments. Use to organize art/craft supplies.
Clothespins: Use to pick up and move different objects; or pin cotton balls, bath poofs, or textured fabrics to create painting tools.
Colanders: Create rain with water in sensory bin; or lead younger preschoolers to thread chenille stems through the holes.
Cookie cooling racks: Weave ribbon, crepe paper, chenille stems, and even nature objects through the wires; stack for sorting activities.
Craft sticks: Put hook-and-loop dots on the ends and connect to make shapes, letters, or numbers.