20 Things to collect for school this summer

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Hi everyone,
I hope your summer holidays are off to a wonderful start. I've thoroughly enjoyed resting this week. I never had such end of year exhaustion in my life!

I know school is far from many of our minds and rightly so! However, without getting too bogged down in thoughts of returning to school (which is AGES away!) here's a list of some things you can get collecting over the next two months - especially if you do a lot of craft work or implement Aistear! Put a box aside somewhere at home and you'll soon have a handy little stock-pile for heading back to school - with the added bonus that your recycling bin might have a little more space in it!

1. Egg Cartons - get a head start for all the crafts you'll need them for during the year. They're easily stacked and stored and an essential if you doing Junk Art.
Hungry Caterpillar Egg Carton Craft - Little Miss Teacher Blog.

2. Kitchen Roll Tubes - again, you can never have enough. Having a stock pile of these makes life a lot easier and saves you hounding parents for them at short notice during the year.

3. Inside cardboard tube of tin foil / cling film

4. Punnets & Tubs - Plastic vegetable / fruit punnets & washing tablet tubs - not only are these handy for storage, they're excellent construction materials as they're light and easily stacked. they're also a popular item for Junk Art as they're easily transformed into vehicles, houses, monsters, caves etc!

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5. Lids & Caps - Bottle caps / milk carton lids / Pringles lids - basically any form of  plastic lids and caps.

6. Wine bottle corks - now if there was ever an incentive to crack open some vino, there's one! These are great for construction, printing, making people, water play.....endless uses! 

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7. Wrapping paper - salvage  pretty paper from gifts - it always goes down a treat at a Junk Art, Creative Station or writing table.

8. Buttons - think of all those spare buttons you get on every purchase in Pennys! Have you ever even used them? Pop them in a tub and they'll soon add up. Handy for counting, for games, for Junk Art, for crafts or even if you're teaching your class to sew!

9. Plastic cutlery - think of all those free spoons and forks you get with fruit tubs and salads!

10. Sponges - collect old kitchen sponges for art!

11. Bubblewrap - fab for printing! Also a handy resource for your fidget box! Fine motor fidgeting galore!

12. Little plastic containers and their lids - yes, as in the ones the Garlic Mayo from you're local chipper come in! These are IDEAL for storing PVA glue and paint. Saves clean up and wastage.

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13. Glass yoghurt pots with lids. Yep, these also are brilliant for storing PVA Glue and Paint. And no, none have ever broken in school. It's nice for children to use real materials in school too - responsibility, rules & trust! The Glenisk ones from Lidl are ideal.
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14. Cardboard Coffee cups - will always be useful for crafts, construction, storage - they'll be used! You might have seen my Coffee Shop Role Play earlier in the year? Made all those coffee pit-stops justifiable!


15. Shells - collect shells for water play, natural materials for construction, crafts, maths - they're always a useful item to have around!
Check out this adorable Shell Self Registration idea from Renata Rosbiffi.
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16. Twigs and sticks - again having a variety of natural materials for construction and crafts is always a nice idea. Think of Maria Montessori's ways and the natural environment as a teacher!
This image from BooknBlues pinterest page gives me all the feels!
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17. Stones - think small, little-hand-friendly stones! Stones you could paint for story stones, stones you could add to your small world play, stones you could stack and build with - endless options. So the next time you're strolling along a seashore, keep your eyes peeled for from free, natural resources!
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18. Envelopes and stamps - handy for crafts, writing material and for stocking up for a Post Office role-play!

19. Shoe boxes - construction play gems!

20. Scarves & handbags- doing a wardrobe clear out? Salvage your scarves and old handbags and save them for school! It's said that we're best to allow children more freedom and creativity with their play, so rather than buying all the commercial costumes, let them experiment with scarves and fabric and see the creations they come up with! I find scarves great for draping over an area too to corner off special sections of the room for different themes!
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Materials and resources galore without spending a fortune. Happy hunting!



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