Sunday, July 20, 2014

No More Crayon Basket! {FREE Crayon Drawer Labels}

I will admit that my "Crayon Basket" has needed a serious makeover for quite some time now.  The swap to a color-organized system was a MUST for the new school year!  I found some black Sterilite 5-drawer units at Wal-Mart today and knew that they would be perfect for my crayons.  I had already purchased some 3-drawer ones from Target but will be returning those or using them for something else!  I am so excited to try this out with my new bunch of kids in a few weeks....How is it that all of the children seem to be missing the same color crayon at the same time?? Last year we had a serious shortage of red crayons.  The year before that it was brown ones.  Hmmm....Hopefully this system will keep us organized while working in some sorting practice at the same time. :)

Grab these labels for your own classroom {here} or by clicking either of the pictures.

8 comments:

  1. I did this two years ago and it worked great. Never going back to the basket! My class was just the opposite always missing brown this past year and red the year before...very strange.

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  2. Just a question for you ~ do you have the children begin with their own box of crayons and then give them out of the drawers as needed? I have always had certain little ones who delight in breaking crayons, so I make them keep theirs . . . and they don't care. The little ones who keep theirs in pristine condition do NOT like to share theirs because of the reckless ones, lolol. So what do you do?

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    1. My kids have their own crayon boxes that they keep with their supplies at their seat. The extra crayons (in the drawers) are kept at my writing station. When my kids are at that station they use the crayons from the drawers instead of their own supplies. Any crayons that are found on the floor get put in the crayon drawers. When my kiddos get their fresh box of crayons (usually towards the end of the first semester) they have the choice of keeping their old ones too or adding them to the crayon drawers. This prevents me from having to spend money on more crayons. :)

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  3. Do you allow the kids to get up whenever they need one? I have two crayon baskets on each table (6 kids to a table). It works out pretty well. Sometimes it's hard to find the right dark color since purple, dark blue, and black can look like each other but I teach them to scribble a little in the corner to see what color it is.
    Thank you

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    1. My kids have their own crayons that they keep in their chair bags at their seats. The crayon drawers are used during station time. If I ask the kids to get out a certain crayon for a specific activity I do allow them to freely get up and visit the crayon drawer if they can not find their own colored crayon. It usually isn't distracting because it is quick and usually when I am counting to 10 or something while I wait on them to get out their crayon. Hope this makes sense! :)

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    2. Thank you Mary! I saw a pinterest idea using popsicle holders to separate the colors. I might try that this year!

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  4. Brown and real red are always the colors we are missing! My kids get so frustrated when they THINK they are coloring with a red and then find out it is "pinky" red! I love your idea for organizing the classroom crayons!

    Thank you!!

    Cindy

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