I renewed our membership this year to a local Recycle/Resource Center. This is a non-profit organization for schools and educators to benefit from the stuff business would normally be throwing away. After paying a yearly membership fee, teachers/schools are able to go collect hands-on items, paper, office supplies, etc, for "free." It is a bit of drive so I am only able to go about once a month, but there is no limit on your visits. Some items have limits of how many you can take per visit. Sometimes I grab things knowing exactly what I am going to do with them. Other times they just look interesting and I will let the kids figure it out. Of course there are a few staple items that I make sure to restock each time I go. Yesterdays "purchases" were quite a hit this morning.
|This morning I just laid everything out on the table to sort through and see the kids reactions.|
|Not sure how to use these cards, but they looks like they could be used for MANY things.|
|The three colored stress balls are an example of a limited item.|
We now have a total of six from my two visits this school year.
|These pegs were a tighter fit in our Chinese checkerboard than I had hoped.|
|Free Labels + Weird Little Black Things = Name Plates|
|I didn't even realize how much transparent stuff I had collected this visit. Naturally we had to take out the light table.|