oriental trading

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    jitterbug2 Rookie

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    Okay, so I'm doing a class store and I need things for my students to buy. I'm going to do some pencils/erasers/bookmarks at one price, some candy, and some "passes" (sit on teacher's stool, etc). I was wanting though to have a few small "toy" type things for the highest priced item, just because they are still kids and they like that kind of stuff. I am wondering though, what kind of stuff to buy. I was looking at Oriental Trading because they have cheap stuff in bulk but I don't want to get stupid stuff either. I also have mostly boys (second grade by the way). What kinds of things should I get? All I can really think of are bouncy balls, foam airplanes, and matchbox cars. What else can I get that is cheap and still holds interest?
     
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    My son is just starting 3rd grade. The balls, airplanes and cars are good. Dinosaurs, puzzles, books, animals, stampers, just about anything! When we go to the arcades, my son always got those dinosaur skeletons - we have them everywhere!
     
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    Incentives

    I am doing the same in my room. I went to the Dollar Store. They had things like mini am/fm radios that I thought would be really good. I also bought those little hand held battery-powered fans. They are miniature sized and bright colored. Things like that are my top end prizes that they will hopefully want to shoot for!
     
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    I buy from oriental trading all the time. Here are some suggestions from their products:

    sticky hands (the kids hold one end and throw it- sticks on everything)
    Frogs that are like rubberbands (you make them 'fly' by shooting them like a rubberband on the edge of your fingers)
    Spring pop uppy thingys- You press down on the frog and it takes a second but they pop up into the air.
    pencil toppers
    chinese yo yo
     
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    I also like www.smalltoys.com

    If you go to "shopping" then "by price", you can find a zillion pencils, compasses for $0.05 and so much more!

    Here are some things I would look at:
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-S07560.html
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-S07320.html
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-J11240.html
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-S02570.html
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-S07400.html
    http://www.smalltoys.com/p-S07200.html (they love keychains they can hang on their backpacks!)

    OK, I'll stop now! But there's lots more!
     
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    I also like to buy prizes for my kids for our class store. I use both oriental trading and www.smilemakers.com.

    I talk to the kids about the class store during the first week and I ask for their input on prizes for the store. That way, I know some of the things they are interested in, but I have the final say in what gets ordered. I start out the year with things that are left over from the year before, but once I get my first paycheck in the bank, I usually place an order and get some of the newer prizes. I don't put them all out at once though...I do it gradually. The kids seem to love it, and I can see what goes fast so I know what to reorder and what not to when the time comes.

    Hope that helps:)
     
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    To add to the other suggestions, my students always loved the silly glasses.
     
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    I am planning on getting some things from smalltoys.com. I really like their toys but they also have temporary tatoos. My kids last year LOVED getting those!
     
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    Someone told me OT buys from companies that use child labor. I don't know if that's true, and I am researching it. In the mean time, I am avoiding them because I don't think it would be right to reward my children with products made by other children in bad conditions.
     
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    I also have a store in my classroom. I checked out the websites you mentionned and they look fantastic. The only problem is they don't deliver to canada. Does anyone know of any companies in Canada or that deliver to Canada?
     

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