Here are some ideas for what you can include on a classroom wish list. Also get a free editable printable file for creating a decorative wish list for your classroom bulletin board, door, wall, or other display.
Set Up a Classroom Wish List for Parent Night
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.
Making a classroom wish list display is one of the things on my Back to School to-do list.
Write supplies you wish for on individual paper shapes and post them in your classroom in a place where parents will see it. Parents who want to donate extra supplies can choose a card, take it with them, and send the item to school. Most teachers know about this idea already, but below I’ll share what’s actually on my wish list for preschool.
Be Specific About Wish List Items
An important tip: Be specific about what you want! Attach a picture of the item or be very descriptive. Even if I ask for paper plates, I almost always end up with anything but paper plates (styrofoam, plastic, wax coated, you name it). You can write more details on the back of the wish item’s card, if needed.
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 Classroom 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)
Be Sure to Say Thank You
After parents have sent in items to donate to your class, be sure to send a Thank You note to show your appreciation! You don’t have to use flowery words, just simply say “Thank you for the play dough” or something similar. You can also download a printable Thank You Note in the printables section below.
Classroom Wish List Printables
Print out this free Classroom Wish List banner to display your wish list in your classroom! This set also includes a thank you note.
Just print the Wish List Banner, cut out, and use mini clothespins to pin the banner pieces to a ribbon or string attached to your bulletin board (or wherever you wish to place it). Parents can pull a card off the line.
There is a printable PDF to fill in by handwriting in, and an editable Google Sheets version to type on.
Print or copy onto bright colored paper to draw attention to your display!
These printables are FREE — just click to download!
Tell me in the comments below: What’s on your wish list?