I absolutely love IKEA and have found it a fantastic place to find things that are useful in a classroom. Here is a collection of ideas that I’ve found useful.
1. Organise your desk trays with a kitchen cutlery drawer.
2. Make group signs with Tolsby frames.
I have found using group signs useful for things like transitions and classroom management. For example, it’s easy to write the groups on the board and award tally points to each group for things like being the first group ready.The benefit of this is that students also learn how to tally points and can practise counting by 5s. I have made a complete set of group signs which you can edit yourself by typing in your own group names. There are a range of themes such as toys, dinosaurs, jungle animals, Dr Seuss, under the sea, space, farms and more. You can check them out by clicking on the link below.
3. Make your own felt boards.
4. Make over your desk with clear desk pads.
I find fabric works best. I have used wrapping paper before but if it gets wet it can stick to the desk.
5. Create a comfortable reading corner.
6. Frame quotes and posters in bright coloured Nyttja frames.
I have used the small frames for quotes. I love the large frames for framing big learning posters like weather charts. I made the above mat manners picture using wrapping paper and mat manners posters available from Top Teacher. The number boxes are also from IKEA. I was using them to store home readers.
7. Organise your pens with plant pots.
8. Organise student supplies on each table with this container (found in the bathroom sections).
9. Store your word cards in these containers which fit vertical A4 cards perfectly.
10. Create a parent communication board near your classroom door using this easel.
11. Help smaller children reach the interactive whiteboard with this handy step.
12. Use stick on mirrors to add to tables in a sensory play area.
13. Check out the children’s section for some fabulous dramatic play resources.
I absolutely love the market stand for creating a shop. It is relatively easy to assemble. There is often a great range of puppets such as this owl, which in my class tends to be called “Mr Owl” :). The multicultural dolls are great for home corner and can be washed easily. I once found a student who had kindly decided the doll needed to use the restroom – so the doll had a trip to the washing machine after that! This chest would be great for storing dress ups.
14. Keep your coloured paper sorted with FLYT magazine files.
15. Keep your teaching resources organised into learning areas using magazine holders.
16. Use these handy magnet clips to display posters or word cards on your magnetic whiteboard.
17. Use these trays to organise your table top activities.
I use my trays a lot at home as a workbench when I am sitting on my couch, watching some TV and cutting out a pile of things that I have laminated! It helps prevent the pieces I have cut out from going everywhere.
Happy classroom organising! :)