Saturday, December 1, 2012

December Currently {Sweet December Dollar Deals}

Wow have I been a busy bee this weekend!  I've been learning how to make backgrounds in Photoshop, playing with new apps from the Windows Store (speaking of, you MUST get iFontMaker, it is the coolest app ever), and shopping around for curriculum enhancements for our upcoming fairy tales, winter, and Christmas themes.  I am now too thoroughly exhausted to go to work tomorrow.  :)

I just have to show you some of the great stuff I got to spice up our centers in the upcoming weeks!  I've always been a shopaholic great bargain hunter and here are some of my one dollar finds this weekend.

Dollar Tree

Dramatic Play Enhancements

Princess gloves, tiaras, and fairy godmother wands to spice up the dramatic play center this week for our fairy tales unit!  I also nabbed some other great toys for themes next year: a doctor's kit and some firemen hats for Community Helpers, safari hats for Animals, etc.  

Bingo Markers

I refreshed our stock of bingo daubers for dot art!  Dollar Tree sells bingo daubers in all kinds of colors.  Today I hit the jackpot- they had just restocked a bunch!  Planning on using these with some of the dot marker art pages from Carrie's super cute and free Christmas Pack at 3Dinosaurs!

Christmas Cookie Cutters

Six pack of soft cookie cutters, love it!  Can't wait to use these for so many things!  We are going to make candy cane scented play dough, for one.   For another, I want to use these cute gingerbread man play dough mats Karen featured on her blog PreKinders a few years ago. 

Blue Glass Stones

We are going to use these to make snowflake craft stick ornaments, as shown here.

Alphabet/Numbers/Shapes Puzzles

Yay for puzzles for $1!


Stocking Stuffers

Of course you have to check out the beautiful collection of stickers, sticky notes, stocking stuffers, etc.  I love the Target Dollar Spot.  :)

Popcorn Boxes

Now these were a steal!  2 plastic popcorn containers for only $1!  I just had to get them, even though I'm not planning on using them for anything immediately.  If I were teaching Kindergarten, I would use them to make a popcorn sight words game.  


Present Boxes

Not sure how I want to use these yet!  The possibilities are endless.  I could make gingerbread man medial sound houses, which is a great idea I spied from A Differentiated Kindergarten and you can find by clicking here.  OR I could have the students match the number of presents to the box.  OR I could use them for beginning sound present boxes!  I think I'll head this direction and fill my sensory table with a variety of different toys.  The kiddos will have to find toys and put them in the appropriate beginning sound present box.  I'm going to get to work and put together a freebie for everyone soon!

Hope you got some good ideas!  Wish me luck, on Tuesday we are having an important corporate accreditation visit!  Don't forget to link up at Oh Boy 4th Grade for December Currently!  :)


  1. WOW, great finds. I was just in my Dollar Tree today, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that store. I'm glad I found you through the linky party. I'm looking forward to some more great posts.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

    1. Thank you Stacy! Dollar Tree is great. Although my favorite place to save is Savers- they always have a ton of picture books that are only $0.69 and buy 4, get the 5th free!


  2. Ok, I need to run out to the Dollar Tree today and stock up!! Thanks for the heads up ;) Merry {early} Christmas!

    First Grade Garden

    1. Thank you Amanda! Merry Christmas to you too! :)


  3. I love those Christmas baskets! I also need to head over to a Dollar Tree! You got some great stuff!

  4. Hello fellow Coloradan! It's nice to know that there are other Colorado bloggers here!!! What city are you in? Maybe we can plan a meet-up sometime?
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'll be back to visit.

    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

    1. That'd be great! Will email you soon. :)


  5. Ha! My students told me to put "sleep" on my Christmas list. I guess I must look really lovely lately. :) Happy Monday!
    Funky First Grade Fun

    1. I know, just yesterday one of my kids said "Ms. Jessica your coat smells just like you." Is that a good thing or a bad thing? :)


  6. I guess a Dollar Tree trip is in order! :) I have been working with Photoshop too and I love it! I still have so much to learn though. There is so much to it! lol
    Glad I found you through the Currently! I hope you have a great week,
    Learning 4 Keeps

    1. Thanks for finding me! :) Have a great weekend!