Why'd I Buy It? Linky - Bathroom Pass {Freebie}, Book Storage & Spinners

Eeek!! I can not believe this is it - the last week of summer holidays. Which everyone knows are not really holidays at all but full time prep work!!

I want to share a few of the things that I have bought for my classroom. I'd love to see what you have bought for your classroom (or you!) too - so be sure to grab the button and link up or leave me a comment with some more shopping ideas!!

First up. I bought some id clips for my bathroom/hall passes.

I bought the pack of 12 at Walmart for $2.00. Students will clip the passes onto their shirts - hopefully - I am not sure how long it will take use to learn this procedure - we may have to move lanyards!! But hey, $2.00 is not bad!!

If you want a copy of the passes, click here, you could use clips or lanyards or put them on the outside of hand sanitizers.

Next up, I bought these baskets.

They are collapsible, they are soft, they store large picture books and they have a chalkboard on the front panel!! I am a sucker for anything with chalkboard : )

I am using these baskets for themed picture books. I have limited (read - very, super, limited) shelving in my new classroom and need to find alternate ways of displaying the gazillion books I like to have available for my students. They will be on the floor in our reading area. Here are the first two theme baskets.

Lastly I bought these spinners.

I bought these through Scholastic using my bonus points. I first heard about these from my friend Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching. I plan to use them for anything and everything. Making words (starting letters, word families), math (add the numbers the spinner lands on, write a question for the answer we land on) and just for fun!!

Spinner in action on our freezer - I am sure the students will love this!!

I'd love for you to link up - if you do be sure to stop be some of the other blogs to see what they bought and give them support for their purchases as only other teachers can!!!


  1. I'm soooooo excited you got the spinners! Your kids are going to flip over them! (Can't wait until you link them up for Spark Student Motivation!) LOL I have such limited space for my books too, and we can't stop buying them right? I think teachers should design classrooms...can you imagine the storage we'd have? Great idea for a linky! Good luck next week my sweet friend!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  2. I love that spinner. I will have to get myself some of those. The idea of baskets that can collapse is brilliant. I am running out of storage space so those would be perfect in my room. Thanks for these tips!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. I actually love those bins! Where can I find them? I am an organizational work in progress so anything in that vein gets my attention! :)

    Mrs. Spangler in the Middle

  4. I'm in love with those adorable bathroom passes! Love love love!! Downloading as we speak. Thank you!!!

    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  5. I'm a little late to the party, but better late than never I suppose...I think this is a great idea for a linky. The clips for passes are something that I've been looking for. My principal wants every kid who goes out in the hall to wear a name tag, and we've been mulling over how. This looks like a good solution.
    Always Primary


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