Here are some ideas for what you can include on a classroom wish list. Set this up for Open House or Parent Orientation when parents will be coming in. It works best at the beginning of the school year, as parents are more likely to buy for the classroom at the start.
This was one of the things on my Back to School to-do lost. The idea: write supplies you wish for on apples (or whatever shape you like) and put them on a bulletin board or classroom door. Parents who want to donate extra supplies can choose an apple, take it with them, and send the item to school. Most teachers know about this idea already, but I thought I’d share what’s on my wish list.
I also attach a picture of the item I want if I think it may be necessary. I’ve learned to be extremely specific about what I want. Even though I ask for paper plates, I almost always end up with anything but paper plates (styrofoam, plastic, wax coated, you name it).
Be sure to write your name somewhere on the card, either on the front or the back. Some parents may have kids in more than one class in your school, and may pick a wish list card from multiple classrooms. Later on, they forget which item goes to which teacher. I’ve had that happen before.
What I ask for on the Wish List …
(I don’t ask for all of these every year– these are things I have asked for over the years):
- Batteries: AA size
- Ziplocks (specify: sandwich, gallon, snack size)
- Cotton balls
- Color printer ink cartridges
- Card stock paper (white or colored)
- Colored pencils
- Disposable bowls for science experiments & cooking activities
- Clear disposable punch cups (for science & cooking)
- Glitter glue
- White paper plates (large & small)
- Colored sand
- Food color
- Clorox or Lysol wipes
- Lysol spray
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
- Band-aids (character prints for boys & girls)
- Old magazines (esp. with pictures of animals)
- Paper lunch bags (specify: white or brown)
- Pastel colored copy paper
- Craft pom poms
- Wiggle eyes
- Pipe cleaners
- Play Dough
- Crayola Model Magic (I specify the exact amount, where to find it, cost, & attach a photo)
- Poster board (white)
- Tissue paper (assorted colors)
- Unwanted baskets or wooden bowls
- Set of used or new dominoes with dots (I asked for this year for a math activity)
- Crayola Color Dots water coloring tablets (for sensory table)
- Baking soda & vinegar (for science experiments)
Tell me in the comments below: What’s on your wish list?