The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your Kindergarten Classroom

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Best Kindergarten Classroom Supplies

Sure, parents get a list of school supplies to send to the classroom with their children. But what about your classroom supply shopping list? Help your kindergartners tackle the ABCs and 123s by adding the following items to your list of top kindergarten classroom supplies. Because shopping for fresh, new school supplies never gets old, our list includes just about everything you’ll need to outfit your classroom … no matter the time of year!

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1. Stackable plastic caddies

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Organize essential supplies for grab-and-go usage with a rainbow of 3 compartment (1 large, 2 small) caddies. Comfort grip handles plus impact-resistant plastic ensure that those precious supplies stay organized. 

2. Laminator

kindergarten classroom supplies

Make life all the easier with your very own in-classroom thermal laminator. We’ve gathered the top laminator picks so you can easily reinforce documents or make instructional items tear and spill-proof.

3. Calendar pocket chart

kindergarten classroom supplies

Create your own classroom-sized calendar with this pocket chart featuring 45 clear pockets for holding headliners and days. Includes 68 calendar pieces.

4. Daily schedule chart

kindergarten classroom supplies

Along with a calendar, it’s best to have a classroom schedule so students know the plan for the day. This pocket chart comes complete with 10 write-on/wipe-off schedule cards, 5 blank cards, and 1 title card.

5. Colorful rugs

Rugs can bring a room from drab to fab with bold patterns, bright colors, and cool, cozy vibes. Plus, many classroom rugs do double duty by helping with assigned seating.

6. Carpet spots

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Once you have your carpet, you might need to get some carpet spots! These make it easy for kindergarteners to find their very own number to sit on for reading time or activities. Check out our favorite options here.

7. Giant magnetic letter construction set

kindergarten classroom supplies

Demo how to build upper and lowercase letters on the classroom whiteboard with these big, colorful magnetic curves and lines.

8. Unifix cubes

kindergarten classroom supplies

One of the most widely used math manipulatives in the world, Unifix cubes represent units and link in one direction to help teach kids patterning, grouping, sorting, counting, numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and measurement. We also have over 20 creative ways to use math manipulatives in the classroom.

9. Bookshelves

As you build out your room and reading centers, you’ll definitely want to consider bookshelves. We’ve gathered the best shelves for every space, including some super cute ones for the kindergarten classroom.

10. Books

You’ve got the shelves, now it’s time to fill them with books! We’ve gathered the best kindergarten books to fill your classroom.

11. Sentence pocket chart

Showcase sentences in action with this 28” x 28” durable, nylon pocket chart. Seven see-through pockets with reinforced grommets make it easy to create a mini-paragraph with your kindergartners.

12. Stickers mega pack

Reward, praise, encourage, merit and motivate your kindergartners with colorful stickers signaling their successes. Eighteen individually wrapped sleeves contain 10 sheets of stickers in all colors, shapes, and sizes for a total of 4,960 stickers in each box.

13. Treasure box 

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Along with stickers, many kindergarteners love to head to the treasure box to grab a toy when they’ve had a successful week of learning! Fill your box with these treasure box goodies .

14. Dolls

We are a firm supporter of students in kindergarten being able to play. Having dolls in the classroom allows students to learn cooperation, responsibility, and empathy.

15. Stuffed animals

Stuffed Animals in the Classroom

You can supplement your dolls with stuffed animals in the classroom. Use these adorable stuffed creatures for learning, behavior management, and just plain fun. Create a class mascot , a birthday bear, or even send home an adopted pet!

16. Smart Start writing paper

1″ spacing for little hands plus graphics in blue, green, and red promote the feeling of success as children learn to form letters correctly.

17. Dry erase markers

Step right up to your whiteboard and use these bright, vivid, non-toxic, quick-drying, smear-proof, dry erase markers to make your mark this school year. Browse our top choices for dry erase markers for the classroom!

18. String light sets

String Lights

If you’re creating a theme for your classroom, or just want to brighten a corner or wall, why not consider string lights as a way to add a pop of light and personality? Here are our top string light sets!

19. Board games

Board games are perfect for supplemental learning. Not only do students learn how to get along and take turns, but they can also reinforce math and literacy skills! Check out our favorite board games, including Camelot Jr. and River, Roads & Rails. 

20. Blocks

Blocks are an important part of the kindergarten classroom. Students can learn to stack and build. They can use their imagination to create worlds around them. They can learn about shapes and volume. They can even learn to share with others!

21. Kinetic sand

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Kinetic sand is so much fun to play with (just let it ooze through your fingers) and is a great item to have on hand. Students can write letters and numbers in the sand or even dig for buried treasure. Just check out our list of over 20 satisfying ways to use kinetic sand in the kindergarten classroom! 

22. Headphones

More and more schools integrating technology, even at the kindergarten level. Make sure you have a classroom set of these colorful, resistant headphones. They’ll provide a comfortable fit for little ears thanks to plush circular cups and an adjustable headband.

23. Plastic folders

Plastic folders keep little one’s first academic masterpieces safe. Look for heavy-duty folders with double reinforced edges that can withstand a year of kindergarten learning. Colorful and moisture and tear-resistant, these folders each hold up to 135 sheets of letter-size paper.

24. Wide-rule notebooks

Even kindergartners can journal! The wide-ruled format (11/32-inch) of these kindergarten-ready composition books promotes neat, even lines for kids learning their ABCs. Each notebook boasts 100 sheets of paper.

25. Safety scissors

Kids can easily and safely cut through layers of paper, foam, and poster board thanks to these scissors’ blunt-tip design. Softgrip, cushioned handles with a textured non-slip surface on the finger loops guide little hands toward correct handle use.

26. Bell

When it comes time to silence the room, a bell is the perfect way to save your voice! Consider a classroom doorbell as another option!

27. Crayola large crayon classpack

Just imagine all the artistic masterpieces your kindergartners will create with this classroom set of classic, colorful crayons! One of our favorite kindergarten classroom supplies, these crayons are separated into individual sections by color in the storage box, keeping coloring time better organized.

28. Wide, washable markers classpack

Kids love to get creative with color, but kindergarten teachers want to keep the color where it belongs and they want to easily remove it where it doesn’t! Washable and non-toxic, these markers are now made with an ultra-clean formula that washes easily from skin, clothing, and walls. Like the crayons above, this classpack features storage sections, each separated by color, to keep markers organized.

29. Glue sticks 30 pack

Non-toxic, easy to use, and washable with soap and water, glue sticks make it easy to put two and two together. Stock up on a classroom set of these giant sticks so your kindergarten kids can create imaginative projects galore.

30. Sanitizer wipes

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No teacher wants sticky messes—or worse, flu and cold viruses—to linger on classroom surfaces. Lysol Dual Action Disinfecting Wipes feature two sides, one for scrubbing and one for wiping. Plus they promise to kill 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.

31. Tissues

Best Kindergarten Classroom Supplies for Teachers

Because wiping runny noses and drying tears are part of every Kindergarten teacher’s unofficial job description.

32. Colorful posters

Best Kindergarten Classroom Supplies for Teachers

We’ve got lots of posters over on our Free Printables page, and they’re just the thing to brighten your classroom walls. You can find our reading posters pictured above here.

33. Labels

Best Kindergarten Classroom Supplies for Teachers

Kindergartners will learn the excellent habit of sharing this school year. Keep track of classroom supplies and prevent them from getting lost in the shuffle with adhesive name labels.

Take your kindergarten classroom to the next level with a sweet theme. Need some ideas? Why not check out our space theme, jungle theme, sports theme, superhero theme, donut theme, and camping theme pages! 

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The Ultimate Checklist For Setting Up Your Kindergarten Classroom

Posted by Amy Bizzarri

A 20+ year public high school teacher, Amy is also a freelance writer focused on education, women's history and travel.

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