As a parent, how many times have you made an emergency trip to your local big-box store to purchase supplies for a due-the-next-day school project?
Believe me, moms and dads everywhere feel your pain!
There is a simple solution! Buy more for at home projects and to donate to the teacher throughout the year.
I have always loved school supply shopping. This year I purchased the items my daughter needed for class and each trip back to the store I keep an “eye” on supplies that are going on clearance so I can stock up for home and for extras to give to the teacher throughout the year.
Here’s a list of school supplies to keep on hand for future projects.
This list of basic supplies is geared more for things like book reports and projects that consist of mostly writing. These items are great to keep on hand for “adult use” too.
pencils (preferably the tried and true No. 2)
stapler and staples (up the game with different colors of staples)
ballpoint pens (black, blue and red)
index cards (great for study purposes or giving a speech)
scissors (safety scissors for little ones)
Craft supplies are for the fun stuff… things like science projects, jazzier book reports, group projects, etc. Honestly, there are scads of possibilities. But, this will get you started.
poster board (both white and colored)
crayons and crayon sharpener
old magazines and newspapers
paint (watercolors, finger paint, etc.)
and the list goes on!
Save money by stocking up when these supplies go on sale. Not only at your favorite local brick-and-mortar store, but online stores as well. We keep a container for supplies and educational items that I keep stocked so on snow days or days when my children seem really bored I can pull them out and we can get started on a project. They love it!