individual book boxes that won't break the bank?

Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by teacherheath, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. teacherheath

    teacherheath Companion

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2009
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2012

  2.  
  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2007
    Messages:
    14,468
    Likes Received:
    2,485

    Jun 12, 2012

    I've seen very similar things at Dollar Tree.
     
  4. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 12, 2012

    I buy cardboard magazine holders at IKEA. They are around $2 for 6. I reinforce the bottom with clear packing tape. They easily make it through the year after a lesson on treating them carefully.
     
  5. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2010
    Messages:
    10,924
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2012

    We use gallon ziploc bags at my school. Some teachers also use the reusable shopping bags and the students hang these on hooks in the classroom.
     
  6. waterfall

    waterfall Maven

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    5,868
    Likes Received:
    740

    Jun 12, 2012

    I used cardboard ones from the target dollar bin last year for my class. They held up really well even though the students used them daily, and I didn't even tape them or anything- I packed them up to take to my new position b/c they still look really nice. Obviously since they're from the dollar bin, they were 1 dollar each.
     
  7. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    79

    Jun 12, 2012

    I made mine out of cereal boxes and replaced as needed. Most lasted all year.
     
  8. CFClassroom

    CFClassroom Connoisseur

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2008
    Messages:
    1,726
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 12, 2012

    I personally like ziploc bags best.

    I've seen bins like you posted in the Dollar Spot @ Target when they put out the teacher stuff.

    Ice cube bins from Walmart are fairly cost-effective.

    IKEA has really cheap magazine boxes. If you reinforce them with duct tape they'll work too.
     
  9. AlwaysAttend

    AlwaysAttend Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,855
    Likes Received:
    623

    Jun 12, 2012

    When do Target and Walmart usually start putting their teacher stuff? Does the inventory change daily, weekly, etc?
     
  10. msmullenjr

    msmullenjr Devotee

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2012

    I find teacher stuff in the dollar area all year long, so I make it a habit of always checking. As far as the back to school sales I think they're usually mid July to late Aug.
     
  11. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 12, 2012

    Depends on where you are. Here, school starts in mid-August, so the sales start the beginning of July.
     
  12. swansong1

    swansong1 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    6,505
    Likes Received:
    1,417

    Jun 12, 2012

    What a great idea! I have lots of shopping bags donated by a store last year. My new room was built for a primary classroom and my 5th graders won't be able to fit the normal book boxes I use in their cubbies. The hanging bags will be perfect!!
     
  13. msmullenjr

    msmullenjr Devotee

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,161
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2012

    Yes I know it depends on location. Our schools start beg Aug, but the stores don't seem to care around here.
     
  14. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 12, 2012

    I knew you knew, I just wanted to clarify for whoever asked the question. :)
     
  15. sumnerfan

    sumnerfan Comrade

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 12, 2012

    IKEA has really cheap magazine boxes. If you reinforce them with duct tape they'll work too.

    Thanks for the great idea. I have some cardboard magazine holders I use for teacher resources. I need to reinforce them with cute duct tape.
     
  16. nklauste

    nklauste Comrade

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2008
    Messages:
    331
    Likes Received:
    38

    Jun 14, 2012

    I made some from cardboard boxes to start out the year and then used Scholastic Bonus Points to get plastic ones once I had enough points.
     
  17. mkbren88

    mkbren88 Cohort

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    524
    Likes Received:
    15

    Jun 14, 2012

    I'm really cheap and I get my book bins from Ikea. 5 cardboard boxes for 1.99 (Flyt magazine file). They do need to be replaced each year, but for the most part, they lasted all year and worked very well. This year I will teach my students how to take care of their book bins so as to keep them in better shape. My kids destroyed them last year.
     
  18. pwhatley

    pwhatley Maven

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5,276
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 14, 2012

    If the kiddos have individual boxes for their books, where do they keep the boxes? I have a very small classroom, and the kids have the typical separate desk (with storage inside) and chair. I'm not sure where I would keep the boxes so that my books and the boxes would stay in good shape!
     
  19. mrachelle87

    mrachelle87 Fanatic

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    2,813
    Likes Received:
    52

    Jun 14, 2012

    I bought some at target for a dollar or two a few years ago almost identical to these.
     
  20. monsieurteacher

    monsieurteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2005
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    65

    Jun 15, 2012

    I've always used reusable shopping bags.
     
  21. amakaye

    amakaye Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Messages:
    2,397
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 18, 2012

    I use one shelf of my bookshelf for the students to keep their book boxes on.

    I was at IKEA yesterday picking up book boxes for grades 1-3. I only got a few strange looks pushing my cart full of them!
     
  22. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    18,935
    Likes Received:
    677

    Jun 18, 2012

    I always see regular old plastic files at the thrift stores. The kind that stand either upright or on their sides.

    Would the post office let you use their mailing boxes? You could make two book boxes out of one mailing box. If not, cereal boxes covered with duct tape aare pretty sturdy.
     
  23. EMonkey

    EMonkey Connoisseur

    Joined:
    May 10, 2008
    Messages:
    1,592
    Likes Received:
    4

    Jun 19, 2012

    I had book boxes this last year and they took up a lot of space. I had been given them by a parent. I sent them home with the children at the end of the year.
     
  24. bryanmj

    bryanmj Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2007
    Messages:
    86
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 20, 2012

    cereal boxes

    Have each student bring in a cereal box. Cut them like a magazine holder and reinforce them with contact paper. They work well and you won't have to pay for them. :)
     
  25. Amanda

    Amanda Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2001
    Messages:
    3,231
    Likes Received:
    79

    Jun 20, 2012

    I didn't even bother reinforcing my cereal boxes. I replaced a few throughout the year, but most lasted until the end. Easy and cheap. :)
     
  26. Teacher Chele

    Teacher Chele Habitué

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2007
    Messages:
    991
    Likes Received:
    1

    Jun 23, 2012

    I love the cereal box idea!!! You could make them look really cute with contact paper or decorative duct tape.
     
  27. Tasha

    Tasha Phenom

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Messages:
    4,391
    Likes Received:
    5

    Jun 23, 2012

    Ikea sells decent cardboard ones 5/$1 They will last about one scool year, especially if you tape the edges. We bought some from Office Depot this year. I know the price is outrageous, but when we ordered them through the school we got a set of 25 for around $35. Ask your school ordering person if Office Depot has a special price for your school.

    These are the ones we ordered: http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/186548/Office-Depot-Brand-30percent-Recycled-Plastic/
     
  28. MissScrimmage

    MissScrimmage Aficionado

    Joined:
    May 29, 2007
    Messages:
    3,060
    Likes Received:
    538

    Jun 23, 2012

    I used Zip-loc bags this year, and found they didn't last long. I was constantly replacing them. So, for fall I have ordered plastic book boxes from Scholastic. I ordered a class set so everyone will have a sturdy box. Luckily I have the shelf space for it!
     
  29. AlwaysAttend

    AlwaysAttend Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,855
    Likes Received:
    623

    Jun 24, 2012

    They had them today at Target 2.50 each. Pretty good quality. Only ones left at my store were orange because I bought the last 2 blues.
     
  30. RainStorm

    RainStorm Phenom

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2005
    Messages:
    4,032
    Likes Received:
    349

    Jun 24, 2012

    Years ago, Target had those for $1. I bought a bunch then. Now they are $2.50, and I bought some more because I have a larger class now. They hold up pretty well. I think this is the forth year I've used them. They do fade if they are in direct sunlight, but other than that, they are great.
     
  31. Jlyn07

    Jlyn07 Comrade

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2008
    Messages:
    429
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 24, 2012

    I just bought plastic bins in that exact style at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 each. They don't seem horribly sturdy but they are plastic so should at least last the year.
     
  32. waterfall

    waterfall Maven

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2011
    Messages:
    5,868
    Likes Received:
    740

    Jun 24, 2012

    I bought them for 1 dollar last year! I am disappointed to see that they are 2.50 now. I saved all of mine from last year (still in great condition) but I will need to get more since I'll have more students.
     
  33. AlwaysAttend

    AlwaysAttend Fanatic

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2012
    Messages:
    2,855
    Likes Received:
    623

    Jun 24, 2012

    Inflation
     
  34. Lotte

    Lotte Companion

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2006
    Messages:
    166
    Likes Received:
    0

    Jun 25, 2012

    Me too :)

    I'll keep them the way they are but I know some have the kids color them to make them personal, or put fabric or paper of some sort around them to make them look different.
    I think all white is ok, and at that price, I buy some extras just in case ;) But I too teach the kids that how you treat your things show how you think of yourself, and they all should think highly of themselves and take care of their belongings
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. CDOR79,
  2. MissCeliaB,
  3. rpan,
  4. catnfiddle,
  5. sunflower74
Total: 208 (members: 5, guests: 184, robots: 19)
test