In my mind, the perfect classroom storage bins need 3 key features. First, they need to have lids so I can easily stack them. Second, they must be clear and easy to label so I can see what’s inside quickly and easily. I also like to label all the things, and I frequently reorganize, so I want to be able to change labels up easily. Third, they HAVE to be durable because classroom life can be rough on any item.
I was so thrilled when I found THE perfect storage bins from Oriental Trading recently!
I was sent the following products for a review, but all thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own because only share products I really use and love!
These bins are PERFECT for stacking because the lid has grooves that perfectly match the bottom of the container! I love that the bottom bin “holds” the one on top in place. These bins are also clear, which for me, is a must. I like to see quickly exactly what is in each container.
And, let’s talk labeling. I’m all for easy and practical. I often rearrange my supplies, and I want to be able to change up my labels. I was able to label these with a dry erase marker. It easily rubs right off when I inevitably end up rearranging my supplies, and I actually really like the simple look!
I absolutely love these! They’re perfect for storing all of my favorite supplies and manipulatives, like these awesome fillable 3D shapes from Oriental Trading!
My favorite part is that the lids come off, so that can be filled! Perfect for a lesson on comparing 2D and 3D shapes or volume!
I ended up with a few more bins than I needed, and was really excited because I decided to make a couple Maker Bins!
Maker Bins for Early Finishers
With STEAM being such a huge focus right now, a Maker Bin is a perfect way to allow your students to get creative if you don’t have room for a maker space! And since the lids are easy to remove, students can easily grab a bin and get to work creating if they finish their work early!
Here are some ideas of items to include, but really you can include just about anything! This is a great way to use scraps, random extras, and other supplies you’ve had for years and aren’t using, in a fun and meaningful way!
You can simply let your students be creative, but you can also give them a specific task to work on or a problem to solve like “make a boat that can actually float” or “make something to carry your money in”. As you can see, this is also a great way to recycle items like bottle caps, fruit cups, and more!
If you’re in the marker for new storage bins, I highly recommend checking these out from Oriental Trading, as well as their awesome selection of school supplies, manipulatives, etc! it’s basically teacher heaven!
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