School Supplies to Keep at Home for Projects

School Supplies to Keep at Home for Projects

- in Education/Schools

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.

Basic Supplies

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)

pencil sharpener

copy paper

stapler and staples (up the game with different colors of staples)

colored pencils

ballpoint pens (black, blue and red)

paper clips

notebook paper

pocket folders

rubber bands

glue sticks

index cards (great for study purposes or giving a speech)

scissors (safety scissors for little ones)


binder clips


Craft Supplies

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

gel pens


construction paper

pastel chalk

paint (watercolors, finger paint, etc.)

paint brushes

hole punch

glue gun



pipe cleaners

craft sticks

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!

About the author

Carissa Godbott was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and currently resides in a suburb of Northeast Ohio. She is a wife to Darrick, and Mommy to Emma, Darrick II (in heaven) and Douglass (DJ). By day she works in Higher Education Administration, and by night she’s in front of a computer blogging at The Green Eyed Lady Blog. The Green Eyed Lady is a lifestyle and parenting blog where she discusses all things parenting, marriage, motherhood, travel and product reviews. She lives a life on the go as the mother of a preschooler and toddler; with school, therapy appointments (Speech, Occupational and Physical therapy), working, blogging, participating in church and community activities. When she has free time she enjoys spending time with her extended family, shopping, baking, family movie nights and enjoying Mexican Cuisine.


  1. I have most of these supplies. However, I am missing some like the poster board, staple, and staplers. So, I need to up my game up.

  2. I’m pretty sure my mother was tired of buying school supplies for me and I know she never bough school supplies or the teacher. This is a great gesture as I understand from my teacher friends they often buy supplies from there own money.

  3. This post made me smile because it reminded me of the box of treasures my mother kept for my school projects. In this box of treasures, were buttons that feel off clothes, magazines she no longer wanted, pipe cleaners, googley eyeballs from old stuffed animals and more. Whenever a project came up my brother and I were always so excited to see what goodies my mom had in her box of treasures.

  4. As a serial crafter, I legit have a ridiculous amount of supplies in my home. I could stock up the teachers with all of this stuff. It has come in hand on many of occasions too.

  5. Nothing sucks more as a homeschooling parent to assign a project and there is no glue.

  6. These are some great tips! I’m not a parent yet, but I def will be keeping these supplies at the house when I am!

  7. Great list and tips. I don’t have to shop for kid supplies but during school prep season, I take advantage of the sales to stock up on home office supplies.

  8. I am like a school supply hoarder. I stock up on all those Back to School sales and buy enough to last my son through the school year and if I am being honest…school years to come.With all that being said, I also buy the crafty stuff, too and I am also a magazine hoarder. LOL! I admit that I have a problem but the first step is to admit that you have a problem, right?

  9. We have all of this at home. The kids make all sorts of projects on the weekends and when school is closed. Sure came in handy with the school closing this week due to the storms.

  10. This is an informative list. Although, I have two young grand girls, these are some items I can have at home for entertainment purposes. Thanks for sharing!

  11. This is great idea. I don’t have kids but I did a lot of DIY projects.

  12. Great list. I never thought about this!!!

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