Icecream Bucket Ideas????

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    This weekend a lady gave me 30 icecream buckets and lids. She said that she knew a teacher could find a good use for them. Now I'm asking you, what can I do with these?
     
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    How big are the buckets?
     
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    Do you have lids?
     
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    The ones with handles? They are great. What grade do you teach?

    Sit plants in them when you water them - to catch the leaks.
    Use at each group of tables as a temporary waste basket.
    Storage container for manipulatives, puzzles, play doh, craft materials, crayons, scissors .... anything.
    Halloween - trick or treat containers.
    Can hold several water bottles at tables.
    Snacks and candy.
    Small goody/prize container.
    Fill with water to water plants or use for projects.
    Instead of me bags, make me buckets.
     
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    I thought about manipulatives. :)

    Me Buckets are a wonderful idea, too! Neat idea from Upsadaisy.

    Or... perhaps make portable centers in there. My best friend put all my presents for some holiday in a paint can, and she covered the outside. Maybe make theme buckets.
     
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    1 Gallon, I think. Yes, I do have lids. Great ideas, thanks!
     
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    Plant seeds next to the sides (if they are clear) and watch the plants grow. You can see the root systems and the stems! Then you can have root races to see which plant's root reaches a certain length first!
     
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    My first idea was storage for manipulatives. Another idea would be to make book buckets. Basically you place items that relate to a story inside the bucket. It can be done before the book is read to stir up anticipation and allow students to predict what the title of the story will be or what happens. Or students can put things in there after reading a story to show what they felt was relevant. I did this to introduce Holes by Louis Sachar and the things in the bag were a lizard, a plastic onion, litpstick tube, a stuffed pig, and a picture of a shovel. You should save the most obvious clue for last. My final thought was to have students write new vocabulary on cards and keep them in the buckets for games and review. They could be sorted by subject area or story title.
     
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    You could have one at each table to hold markers and pencils and stuff! But it might be noisy?
     
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    if you teach about Native Americans in SS, you can make totem poles...I did that one year, the kids each make one part of the totem and we combined them to make a few larger ones for the classroom.
     
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    Storage for literacy center items, manipulatives, tapes in the listening center, alphabet letters, die cut-outs.

    Turn them on their side and hotglue into a pyramid and use as the classroom mail box area?
     
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    Ice Cream Buckets

    I recently met a lady who makes footstools out of bucketst with lids. She uses either foam or batting around the bucket and covers it with a fabric. She also puts batting on the top of the lid and covers with a fabric. Great to put art items, small games, toys, etc in and use for a small stool or footstool! My 2 yr old gdaughter loves hers. She put small toys in it.


     
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    I use one to hold my cleaning rags lol. Guess that isn't much help!

    There are some really creative uses on here though. The mailbox idea is neat. you could cut a "slot" on the lid and then it really would be like a mailbox.
     

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