Classroom Recipes: Back to School for Under $500

If you follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you already know about our #BestSchoolYear celebration. We love the back-to-school season: It’s a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and, of course, much-needed classroom supplies.
We’ve been excited about a new series here on the blog: classroom recipes. We’ll share “ingredient lists” of supplies you can order through, inspired by real classrooms. Let’s see what you can cook up!
Inspired by anything you see? Create a new project!
A few quick notes: All of the prices below are approximate and subject to change, depending on vendors and availability. Most of these supplies are available at multiple vendors, including some that might not be listed below. These are also suggestions for individual supplies, not actual bundles, so feel free to mix and match as you please.
Essential Consumables3 Bottles of Hand Soap10 Containers Clorox Wipes2 Cases of White Paper2 Giant Packs of Post-It Notes5 Extra-Large Packs of Glue Sticks25 Boxes of #2 PencilsElectric Pencil Sharpener
Total: $420
Flexible Fun2 Wobble Chairs4 Exercise Balls2 Balance Discs5 Stools2 Sets of 6 Lap Trays
Total: $420
An Organized High School9 Extra-Large Packs of Index Cards6 Packs of 6 Wirebound Notebooks12 Packs of 2-Pocket Folders15 Sets of Colorful Highlights30 3-Ring Binders8 Sets of Subject Dividers20 Student Planners
Total: $500
The Perfect Recess4 Scooters (red and blue)1 Beginners Basketball Hoop1 Pack of Small Inflatable Balls1 Pack of Soft Comet Balls6 Jump Ropes3 Hoola Hoops1 Bubble-making Kit
Total: $310

Where to shop for everything above:
When you create a project, you’ll have the option to add items from any of our long-list of vendors. Here are vendors that stock many or all of the above items:
Blick Art Materials, CDW, Lakeshore Learning, Nasco,, School Specialty, Staples Advantage, Teachers’ School Supply, Kaplan Early Learning, Amazon Business

Of course, with such a variety of vendors, the prices listed here might vary. We encourage you to shop around to get the best deals. And if you have questions about where to find any specific items, check out this guide to commonly requested items.
Have recipes of your own? Share them in the comments or tweet them @DonorsChoose with the #BestSchoolYear hashtag.


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