I don't know about you, but the budget I'm given to buy therapy materials through my district is non-existent! (I'm somewhat OK with that though because anything I buy, I can take with me if I choose to switch schools.) When you're buying your own materials, you really want to get the most for your money. Recently I made a visit to my local Dollar Tree (ok, three visits). I found a few cool things that I'll be using in my therapy room this year and figured I'd share them with you!
I have a shelving system in my room with containers for everything - scissors, crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks are all in their own containers. The only problem with this is when I'm trying to do an activity with a group and have to pull out five different containers for the supplies! So, I got this cute little bin:
My plan is to keep it stocked with enough materials for a typical group to do a craftivity! I saw something on Pinterest where you add small (empty) vegetable cans to further subdivide the compartments and I may just do that as well! I also got these cute stackable bins:
I don't have an actual desk (you can see pictures of my room here), so I don't have drawers. I figured these would be a good place to store things like rubber bands, binder clips, pens, etc.
I love the party section of Dollar Tree for stocking up my prize box! I got toy frogs, lizards and dinosaurs, as well as those spinning-drum things, tops, pencils and erasers.
I found this cool thing as well! It's a light-up wand with a spiky ball at the top! I figured it would be a good sensory toy, but also double as a talking stick for my groups of blurters (I always end up with at least one of those!).
Have you seen these Weird but True books from National Geographic Kids? There is a free app in the series as well (facts are limited in the free version but you can do an in-app purchase for more). They're great for keeping older elementary students interested and you can use them for just about any language/articulation target!
Wind-up toys! I had just passed up some cute wind-up toys as a local pharmacy that were $5.00 EACH! I love wind-up toys for several reasons (they're good for getting kids to make requests and you can use them as a fun way to work on any "card" activity...see here for more on that)
Next, I found a trash can! (Yes I meant to put it in therapy activities/materials, not in room organization!) I saw this post on Schoolhouse Talk and decided I needed a trash can of my own! You could also use a can like this for this activity from Crazy Speech World.
I was on the fence about grabbing these mini books, but after opening them, I'm glad I did!
Inside are fold-and-go books. They are designed to target sight words, but I found that I can use them to target syntax, articulation, articles, auxiliary verbs, prepositions, etc. Here are some examples:
I've been looking for sticky hands ever since I saw Jenna's post on Speech Room News. I still haven't found them, but I did find these sticky lizards! I figured the kids wouldn't mind lizards instead of hands!
You can download these HERE.
I also grabbed some stickers and cute mechanical pencils for me, but didn't think those warranted a picture. :)
What's been your best Dollar Store Find?