Are you a teacher looking for classroom storage solutions? It’s amazing at how fast the summer goes by. It seems like just last week I was looking forward to the children being home and now we are preparing for the first day of school!
Although I’m not a school teacher I have been actively looking for classroom storage solutions. You see, my husband and I head up the youth and children’s ministry at our church and currently, the entire youth building is under a redesign. That’s proven to be the perfect opportunity to look into some better storage solutions, particularly for our younger grades. I knew that I wanted something bright and full of color but I wasn’t exactly sure what that would be so I was grateful when Oriental Trading sent me these rainbow storage totes with lids. At first glance, they appeared to be everything I could have hoped for them to be. Of course, you know as well as I do that cute storage doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t hold a decent amount.
How Much They Hold
I sought out to see just how much each bucket would hold. To do so, I used items that seem to be somewhat universal. Initially, I went into my kids’ playroom and filled them up with toys. Their playroom was cluttered and filthy and in no time at all their toy box seemed to be a waste of space. One of these colorful buckets held each and every one of my son’s hot wheels and it’s only about half way full. One bucket held each one of my son’s action figures, with room to spare. Another bucket was used to hold my daughter’s plastic animals and could hold much more. The tigers had to go in sideways due to the length of their tails but there is still plenty of room on top and below!
Yet, I get the fact that your typical kindergarten classroom doesn’t hold these types of toys so I opted for something even more familiar. An entire pack of gears fits into a bucket and it’s only about half way through. Seventy-Two plastic animal counters only filled up about an inch of the bucket! Finally, the Play-Doh® containers pictured above are not the largest size available but they are just are still large enough that I had to tab over and do a google search to verify that they weren’t the largest size you can buy. So, how many containers of Play-Doh® are in that purple bucket? Sixteen. Sixteen!
Storage Solution Ideas
Since I’ll be using these buckets in PreK and Kindergarten classrooms the ideas listed below are geared mostly in that direction. With all of the options available to teachers with the new Learn365, there’s really no end to what you could use these fun buckets for.
- Counters and Cubes (Check Out These 8 Fun Ways To Use Manipulatives!)
- Craft Supplies (markers, paints and brushes, popsicles sticks, pom-poms, pipe cleaners)
- Cleaning Supplies (hand sanitizers, tissues, wipes)
- Letter Of The Week
- Bathroom Passes
- Magnetic Supplies
- Sensory Table Supplies
- Glue and Tape
- Tangrams and Pattern Blocks