Christmas break is almost over, and it has flown by just like every other year! I got a lot done on my to do list, but it's still a mile long, oh well : ) One of the things on my to do list was to re-design my center area. Previously, I had all of my center material in plastic shoe boxes, which worked out okay, put they were always breaking, and if the students didn't put the lid on and hear the two snaps, then we would often have an avalanche of tangrams! To solve this problem, I purchased some sliding bins from IKEA.
Initially I wanted the set of bins that are all at an even level, not the stair steppers, but the even level ones were $70 versus this stair stepper frame that was $35. My cheapness won out, and I got the stair stepper one obviously. The bins were $3 each, so all in all it wasn't too expensive of a project, especially since the organization will save me a little bit of sanity with my kiddos.
I use the sliding drawers on the top for the students to turn their work in once they are done with their center.
To label my bins, I created simple tags that I hot glued on. The tubs are a really bright color, so I didn't want the labels to clash too much with the tubs.
I am absolutely loving this new look, and can't wait for the kids to get back and see it! They are a really excitable class, I can't tell you the number of times they have clapped after a read-aloud, which always makes me feel like the best story teller in the world! : )
If you would like to grab these center labels, I am putting them in my TPT store, and they will be on sale for the next couple of days as well. Here's a preview of some of the labels.
I also added some center material labels too (like my big red bin that holds the clipboards!)
You can get the center labels HERE in my TPT store.
Have a wonderful weekend, and enjoy the last couple of blissful days before it's back to reality!