Dollar Tree is a Homeschooler’s Friend

In case you hadn’t already noticed, I love Dollar Tree.
Love. It.

The majority of stuff I use in my sensory bins? Dollar Tree.
My stash of math manipulatives? Dollar Tree.
Organization for the¬†kid’s art studio? Dollar Tree.
Props for small world play? Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree’s school supply aisle is a bit of a treasure trove. You never know what you’ll find and if you find something good, you should probably act fast, because chances are, it won’t be there in a few weeks.

This past year I’ve found all sorts of goodies in Dollar Tree’s school supply aisle:
– a large set of money magnets, perfect for learning to count coins
– a pointer, identical to what Mardel was selling for nearly quadruple price
– various educational posters on color, sight words, numbers, Spanish, etc..
– alphabet puzzles, both lower and upper case
– bottles of pre-hydrated clear water beads, perfect for impromptu science experiments and sensory exploration

Here are my latest Dollar Tree finds:
Surprising Dollar Store Finds from Suzy Homeschooler (1)
I had to buy the blue foam letters and the yellow foam letters separately, however both packs came with multiples of most letters.
Surprising Dollar Store Finds from Suzy Homeschooler (2)
We’ve already used these foam letters in a sensory bin, a theme bath, and a simple matching exercise (pictured).
Surprising Dollar Store Finds from Suzy Homeschooler (3)
I also found these sandpaper letter cards, which I was especially excited about because I wasn’t looking forward to the time it was going to take to make my own.
Surprising Dollar Store Finds from Suzy Homeschooler (4)
I did alter them slightly, all the letters came in white but I used a Sharpie marker to color the vowels pink. Now if only they had a lower-case set…

What about you? Have you found anything surprisingly useful at Dollar Tree?

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