Are you addicted to shopping for your classroom during the summer?! I have a problem, and after this trip to Ikea I've vowed to not buy anything else until pre-plan week, and even then I can only pick up random supplies we need...NO more classroom decorations or just-because items!! It's bad!! ;)
We don't have an Ikea near us in Fort Myers, but since I'm home in Orlando this week at my parents, my mom and I headed over on Tuesday. I took lots of pictures to show you different things they have that could work in a classroom. Maybe it will inspire you to make your own Ikea trip, and if that's the case than tell your significant other that I'm sorry ;)!!
These chairs would be great in a classroom library...personally, I didn't think it was worth the $50, but wanted to include it on here in case someone else did!
I LOVE the color of this bookshelf, and the two cabinets on the bottom. It offers a decent amount of storage and could be used for manipulatives, notebooks, extra supplies, etc.
As I was going through my pictures, this is one I forgot about and I'm regretting not grabbing one. To me, this seems like a steal!! The bookshelves we have in our school are tall - I always love the look of short, long bookshelves that are at the kids' level.
I love these little tables!! I bought a pink one to go next to my rocking chair for our meeting area on the floor. These would also be great as a writing center or word work table!
I also picked up this cute chair for my small group table. I'm excited to not sit on a plastic kid-sized chair this year!
I didn't grab any of these, but I thought they were such a great deal!! There are 6 pockets in each pouch. They would be great for Bucket Filling, supplies, headphones...sooo many things! Now that I'm looking at them again, I'm kind of wishing I had bought one to put under my white board to hold markers and erasers. Hmm...
One of the reasons I ventured to Ikea was for that blue cart right there! I'd seen it on someone else's blog and LOVED it!! (It's actually a brighter blue than it appears in the picture) But - the price was too much for me to justify. Plus, I don't really have a need for it, I just thought it was cute ;) They come in white, blue and black.
These are a great deal - they're a decent size too. My first thought was that these would be good for a Word Work center...throw in some letter magnets and you have an engaging word work activity. It could also be a memo board near the teacher's desk or for student reminders.
Most everyone knows about this deal! If you do book boxes or bins, but don't want to shell out the big bucks for the plastic bins at Really Good Stuff, these are a super affordable option. They can be spray painted to cutesy them up, or you could let the students decorate their own.
The other big reason for the Ikea trip was to find a rug. I saw the Button one online, and LOVED it -- it seemed perfect that each student could sit on their own button. However, once I got there and noticed how much of the rug was white all I could think about was how filthy it would get. So, I kept walking and then spotted this deal:
...and then I grabbed one for me and one for a teammate! ;) It's actually folded in half in this picture, so it's a good size and an even better price!
Here's another rug option. They're smaller. I had 4 in my classroom library, and they lasted me for 2 years.
These cushions would be good for students to grab and sit somewhere in the room during Independent Centers or silent reading. They have a grip to them on the bottom so they won't slide either! There were a few different colors.
This was another deal that was hard to pass up, but I managed to because I just do not need it. Still, these are SUCH a great deal and are so versatile in the classroom.
...and yet another deal I had to pass up!! :( Others may see a garment rack, but a teacher sees a CHEAP Anchor Chart Stand!! Teacher stores sell these things for upwards of $80, and this one was only $13. There's even a nifty little shelf on the bottom. If $13 is too much for you, there's a $10 option as well. I loved the idea of having one, but I just don't have the room for it right now.
This last deal is a cheap organization option with a LOT of possibilities!! I'm not a huge fan of the black, but thought with a little bit of spray paint it would be very cute!
That's all folks!! This is only a handful of the things I saw that could be used in a classroom. If there's an Ikea near you, go check them out!! :)
**This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to show some classroom deals that can be found at a good price! :)