I did a little back to school shop in Mr. Price last July- picking up some essentials like folders and plastic pockets so yesterday I decided to pop in again. Mr. Price is probably my favourite shop for school supplies. They usually have everything I need and more. I have visited most of their Dublin stores at this stage.
Folders and Filing
These are some of my must have resources. I use the Document Wallets for storing different topics. They are also really handy for resource as each child can have their own folder with their copy, reading book and homework.
Mr. Price is my go to shop for paper and card. The prices vary slightly but this pack of 50 is €2.49. (I think the 100 pack of paper is similar price) There is probably one of every colour from yellow to asparagus green. I always buy a big pack of the card in the rainbow colours and a big pack of white card too.
Copies and hardbacks
I love stationery – I have boxes and boxes of pens, pencils, markers, crayons etc. yet every time I go to Mr. Price I buy more! They have everything you could possibly need!
Both the Pritt Stick and the Stick-ie Glue are great! I bought 8/9 of the Stick-ie glue sticks last year to have in the classroom and they were perfect. (They are cheaper than the Pritt Stick)
Scissors – I have so many pairs of teacher scissors but I really wanted these pink polka dot ones yesterday. My friend convinced me I didn’t need them (and I don’t) but I might have to go back to get them!
The school scissors – I haven’t seen them cheaper than €1 anywhere else. If buying a class set of 30 thats a saving of over €3 – I know it seems like a small saving but that can be a lot when you have to make an art budget stretch.
I was doing a big home clearout a few weeks ago – we don’t have a shredder but had lots of bills and receipts that we no longer needed but were still confidential. This would have been a godsend at the time as we cut our stuff up in 100’s of different ways. I think at €1.99 it would also be great to have in the classroom to ‘shred’ any documents that you no longer need with childrens names on it. (I know most schools have shredders but this is a handy device to have in your drawer!)
This tape is great to make borders around a laminated sheet – for art displays or around pencils or other resources to show they belong to the teacher. I’ve also seen teachers use the tape to colour code childrens copies to make it easier to collect and organise them.
Magnetic tape is great for displays on the whiteboard.
Self inking date stamp – save yourself time when correcting work!
Some other teacher essentials.
Laminating pouches (available in A4 and A3). There is usually a larger A4 pack too of 100 laminating pouches)
Paint (Large bottles – €3.99 and smaller bottles for €2.49)
Lots of materials for art at brilliant prices!
Large coloured ‘sidewalk’ chalk – if you have an outside area.
Beads, craft scissors and lollipop sticks
Lollipop sticks – these are great for art, maths (shape and space/sorting by colour/ counting), classroom management (choose a name), displays etc.
Foam circles, materials etc.
Paintbrushes, glitter and clay.
Colour wheel (handy to have as a reference)
The ‘party’ section has lots of useful materials too. Paper plates are always handy to have. The coloured plates can be used for displays. Theres lots of art lessons that you can do with straws too!
Stars for Display
I love using these stars – they could be for a star chart or for a display as they make things stand out!
Great for keeping materials tidy and organised. Could also be used on tables for storing pencils/crayons etc.
Other classroom materials
These wipe clean sentence and phrases strips/ flashcards are great! They are lined so all you need to do is write and when you’re done just clean them off.
These letters and attention grabbers are great too. The ‘Poster Stencils’ would be great to make headings for displays!
These certificates are lovely. I had the Happy birthday ones as well as the ‘Super Speller’ last year and the children loved them!
These borders are great!
Nice teacher stamps!
Mini whiteboards – lined for handwriting practice. They also come with their own markers and eraser. (Could have 3/4 of them at a writing station).
Overall, Mr Price has everything you’ll need when getting your back to school bits and pieces. Its a brilliant shop with fantastic bargains and I love it!