December 15, 2016

10 AWESOME Items to have in Your Classroom this WINTER!

10 AWESOME Items to have in
Your Classroom this WINTER!

WINTER IS HERE! Uh oh! Well, if you love skiing and sledding then you’re in heaven, right? But chances are, most of your winter days will be spent inside a warm, stale-aired classroom, with several antsy, runny-nosed, chapped-lipped students…how will you survive? Don’t just SURVIVE. You need to THRIVE in your classroom this winter! Here are just a few of the teacher-recommended items that might just help with that! These suggestions have been so helpful to my colleagues and I during the winter months—-I know you will find them useful as well!

Hit up the Dollar store or the Target ‘Dollar Spot’ for these supplies that you KNOW your kiddos will EVENTUALLY need this winter:
1.    Lip Balm & hand lotion
2.  Tissues
3.  Mittens
4.  Fabric Softener sheets (they take STATIC CLING out of anything (including the hapless hair on your head!—-so handy and your kids will think you’re some sort of a magician!)

5.  Cheap stocking caps (for those cold recess days when there’s always someone who needs a hat {you know, it’s the same one who always has those bad ear infections}L!)

6.  Snow boots for you! (Think about those times when it starts snowing during the day and you have to slosh your way to the car with those cute shoes you wore to work this morning, don’t even think about it!) Just pull out those winter boots that you stashed away under your desk in early January, you know, the ones that your mother and I reminded you about? Don’t want to spend a lot? Ebay, Target, or ask for a DSW gift card for a Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus gift!

7.  Buy an old crockpot at a thrift store. ‘WHY?’ You ask?…because one cold winter day will surely come, it’s the day you don’t really feel like covering those math standards ONE MORE TIME. The day will come when the kids will be too antsy to learn because the snow is falling. That’s the day to put some chocolate milk into that crockpot and heat that baby up! Glorious hot chocolate for you, for the kids, for your friend down the hall! If the snow comes and the kids go home early, take the hot chocolate home with you and add some Bailey’s to it! Relax and enjoy…you’ve earned it!

8.  Feeling sickly this morning? Maybe it was too much Baileys? Maybe you’re coming down with a cold, or worse, the flu!! I know it may be totally psychosomatic, or the placebo effect, but this stuff ALWAYS seems to give me a lift and it seems to keep me from catching whatever ‘classroom crud’ goes around in the winter! They have several flavors but you will find that “very berry" will rock your taste buds! 

9.  Pick up a used copy of this adorable (and hilarious) book that kids love and relate to VERY well! For a used copy, it’s only 1 cent! It’s called Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper. If you’ve ever struggled with a winter coat zipper, this one’s a hit! Got a bigger book budget than 1 cent? Of course not, you’re a teacher! J But in case you do want to splurge for about 10$, here’s another fun winter read-aloud for those days when you need a bit of laughter with your adorable kids! Go ahead, live LARGE and get the hardback version, it will last longer and the pages won’t rip!

10.  Keep a set of cheapie (thrift stores/Dollar store) puzzles in your class – again for the days when kids can’t go outside for recess. The puzzles will keeps those little hands and minds busy & maybe even save your sanity too! 

Thanks for checking out this list! I would DEARLY love to hear your ideas too! Please be a BFFE & share them in the comments area below! I know you’re a BUSY teacher, so taking the time to share your thoughts means A LOT to me!  I hope you have an awesome winter this year—in school and out!

(This post contains affiliate links, but the opinions are my own and I'd never recommend anything I don't truly love!)


  1. I love these - especially number 7! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks so much! Love your TPT store by the way! :-_