Clever Back to School Hacks Using Dollar Tree Items
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If you’ve been to Dollar Tree lately, you may have noticed that their $1 back to school items are starting to take over the shelves where the summer items used to be. We’ve got some clever hacks for you to try using Dollar Tree items that’ll make back to school time a breeze!
1. Create a portable homework station.
These colorful craft caddies are perfect for portable homework stations – just fill with pencils, pens, glue, scissors, rulers, markers, and other essentials. Then you can easily transport the caddy from the office to the kitchen table – or even take it in the car filled with coloring supplies for long road trips.
2. Keep paperwork and folders organized.
Grab a dish drying rack for just $1! Then stand the folders up in the slots, and you’ll be able to see and grab the folders you need. Place pens and scissors in the flatware holder.
3. Make packing lunches easy.
Grab a laundry basket (or any of their awesome bins!) and create lunch packing stations in your pantry filled with all of the essentials you’ll need – peanut butter, jelly, bread, snacks, drinks, Ziploc bags, etc.
4. Skip expensive lunch ice packs.
Buy a few 2-pack sponges at Dollar Tree, and soak the sponges in water. Place one per Ziploc bag, and put them in the freezer. As the sponges melt, they reabsorb the water, so you can just toss them back in the freezer after school!
5. Keep school lunches fun.
6. Add bling to school lockers on the cheap.
Dollar Tree has A LOT of great items for decorating school lockers: mirrors, dry-erase boards, glam fur (locker carpet), washi tape for decorating, picture frames, colorful pencil cups, magnets, double-sided signs, and MORE!
7. Pay a buck for student planners.
If you’ve ever had a child lose their $30 student planner 🙋 during the first month of school, you may be glad to find these colorful and practical Student Planners for just $1 each! Score!
8. Store Box Tops in magnetic tins.
If you’re looking for an easy way to collect your Box Tops, grab these Magnetic Tins 2-packs with removable lids. Just place on your fridge and add to it every time you clip a Box Top!
Hip Tip: Box Tops are an easy way to earn money for your child’s school! Visit the Box Tops 4 Education website for more details on how the program works.
9. Make a mini first aid kit.
Make a mini survival kit with a plastic container or sunglasses case for your child’s backpack. Fill with band-aids, facial tissue, wet wipes, feminine products (if applicable), hair ties, and emergency contact information.
Hip Tip: If you’d rather not create your own kit, Dollar Tree also sells a First Aid Kit that contains an assortment of 18 bandages and two antiseptic towelettes.
10. Create your own clothes organizer.
Have their clothes ready for each day of the week! Grab five colorful bins and a bag of zip ties at Dollar Tree – $6 total. Use a couple of zip ties to hold them together, and tie them to your closet rod using zip ties.
Place these bins on the floor of your kids’ closet and write the day of the week with a dry erase marker (non-permanent) or a permanent marker. Your kids can grab their clothes out of the bins without any fuss!
And since Dollar Tree sells a TON of awesome, colorful storage bins, you can even choose a different color for every day of the week! 🙂
11. Make math practice more hands-on.
Grab a vegetable tray and a bag of stones/rocks, as well as flashcards. Place all of the stones in the middle of the tray and the cards in the outer compartments. Then have your child place the correct amount of stones in the correct spot(s). If you’re looking for a fun way to teach fractions, check out this “Fractions of a Whole” Game!
12. Stock up on supplies for projects NOW.
Hip Tip: In the past, presentation boards found at the Dollar Tree have been slightly smaller than the ones found at other retailers such as Target. Although the difference appears to be less than an inch this year, take your own in-store measurements if your child’s project has strict size requirements.
Need poster board? Dollar Tree sells Poster Board 2 for $1, so grab a few for those school projects, too!