IKEA: inspiring, affordable, and exhausting! What a perfect source for teachers looking to get their classroom organized or just jazz up their decor a bit. WeAreTeachers took a field trip recently and found these fabulous IKEA classroom supplies.
1. Metal desk tray
Perfect for keeping your desk brilliantly organized.
2. Magnetic chalkboard
This message center features handy compartments at the bottom to hold important things, like your lunch, library cards, recess-duty whistle, etc.
3. Utensil holder
Indestructible pencil, marker, or scissors holders.
4. Chair pad
These could be used as seat spots to help kids stay in their place at circle time or during small group reading.
5. Utility cart
Who couldn’t find a zillion uses for something like this? Perfect for papers, books, homework, etc.
6. Rubber ice cube trays
These colorful trays could hold pushpins, paper clips, binder clips, etc. on your desk.
7. Sturdy tote
This bag could be used to carry library books or to store LEGO or building blocks, or you could use it as your teacher bag.
8. Colorful rug
Perfect for circle time (especially if you’re reading Elmer by David McKee)!
9. Step stool
Helpful for little ones at the sink, drinking fountain, or pencil sharpener.
10. Wooden hangers
These clip-style hangers are perfect for displaying beautiful art work.
11. Storage cart
For teachers who travel between classrooms, such as literacy teachers, speech therapists, and others, this cart is perfect for transporting your materials, and at about 40 inches high, your back will thank you.
12. Mesh basket
Another great container for library books, playground equipment, or stuffed animals.
13. Rubber basket
Love the sturdy rubber construction of this container. You could store guided reading book sets or professional books, or even put potted plants in it.
14. Hanging dryer with 16 clips
Another great contraption for displaying art work.
15. Desk organizer
This would look super polished on your desk or on your storage shelves.
16. LEGO-like storage blocks
So cute! And they snap together to stay in place.
GLIS (3-pack) $2.99
17. Wooden crate
Love to organize books using these! Each crate could hold a different genre or level.
18. Huggy pillow
For students who need a little love during the day, this huggy heart pillow is just the ticket!
FAMNIG FJARTA $3.99
19. Wall clock
I don’t know about you, but I need more than the one clock provided in my classroom. Nothing worse than having to turn around to check the time during read aloud.
20. Galvanized pots
Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, scissors, paper clips, glue sticks, and so on, and so on, and so on!
21. Galvanized tub
Wouldn’t your students look classy using this to carry your class’s sack lunches to the cafeteria?
22. Plastic low chair
Comfy for kids and adults alike. Great for your reading corner or as a teacher seat while teaching small groups (for those of us with creaky hips or knees, who hate sitting flat on the floor).
PS VAGO $29.99
23. Storage bag
Adorable AND indestructible.
24. Book rack
Classic look, plenty of storage. Use it for special read alouds or focus books for a unit.
25. Kid chair
Super comfortable, just-the-right-size chair for little kids.
26. Wooden doll house
Classic wooden design for an old fashioned favorite free-play activity.
27. Dollhouse furniture
Well, if you have a cool dollhouse, you have to furnish it with cool IKEA furniture!
28. Play kitchen
Another favorite area for the little ones to role-play.
29. Shopping baskets and groceries
Perfect for pretend shopping trips and meal prep.
30. Cash register
Fun for playing store, but you could also use them for number recognition and simple addition and subtraction.
31. Pod chair
This darling little egg is perfect when one of your students needs a little break or wants to have some quiet time.
PS Lomsk $69.99
32. Seat squares
These adorable mats are perfect for kids to use during reading group, read aloud, or anytime they need to be on the floor.
SOMMAR $0.99 (SALE!- regularly $3.99)
These handy notepads contain 150 sheets of lined paper for practicing handwriting and a nifty nook to hold pencils and erasers.
Timeless learning tool and toy.
35. Pop-up cube
This portable cube can be used inside or outside. Your kids can use it during free time or quiet reading time.
36. Pop-up tent
This one’s perfect for all the little circus performers in your class.
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