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Classroom Hack–Use Zip Ties for Task Cards

Here I am, chugging along with back to school on my mind.  I know we still have about 4 weeks left, but I’m sprinkling some teacher stuff into my demanding sleeping, swimming, and Netflixing schedule.  There’s a LOT to do, and if I don’t start now it will just nag at me.

I am so excited to dig into task cards with my students this year.  There are like a MILLION ways to use them and I’ve only scratched the surface.  Back to the story.  I’ve just cut out 72 cards, punched holes in the corners, and am ready to put them together…when I realize I don’t have any of these–

Photo from Staples.com--Yes.  I am addicted to office supplies.  Love them!

Photo from Staples.com–Yes. I am addicted to office supplies. Love them!

Time for a cliche. Necessity is the mother of invention, and I have a need.  I need a way to bind my task cards together WITHOUT some of those ring things.  Then, I remembered that I have a pile of zip ties sitting on the counter and decided to give it a try.

Classroom Hack Zip Ties for Task Cards from The Pensive Sloth

Classroom Hack Zip Ties for Task Cards from The Pensive Sloth

It worked!  We had clear and yellow, but the yellow ones were huge and barely fit through the holes.  Now, I’m off to search for zip ties on Amazon.  Surely they have a rainbow colored pack???

–The Pensive Sloth

My Favorite Things: Tiny Storage Baggies

Did you know that they make tiny storage bags?  Well, they do and they are perfect for all of those laminated cardstock pieces you spent hours cutting out.

These baggies are about 2 X 3 ish and are perfect for a fraction sort game I made for my kiddos.  I think I paid $4.00 for a pack of 100.   Great for centers and stations in the classroom!

These baggies are about 2 X 3 ish and are perfect for a fraction sort game I made for my kiddos. I think I paid $4.00 for a pack of 100. Great for centers and stations in the classroom!

I discovered these earlier in the year when I was picking up craft supplies for our holiday ornaments and needed something for storing sequins.  It dawned on me that these would be perfect for our science and math sorts and cutups…so I bought a few.  They are the bombdiggity because:

1–They don’t take up much space.  I hate putting cards in baggies that are too big.  They flop around, get bent up, and storing a few sets takes up more space than it should.

2–They are cute.  I’m not much for cute most days, but I do find these tiny little bags to be quite adorable!

3–They are cheap and easy to find.  You can get about 100 of them for less than $5.00 at most craft stores.  I usually shop Hobby Lobby, but Michaels and Jo-Ann Fabrics probably sell them, too.

@thepensivesloth small ziplock baggies for storing classroom games

I placed them next to a pencil so you could see the approximate size. I think these are about 4 X 6. Because the cards don’t have lots of room to ‘swim’ around in the bag, they seem to last longer without getting bent up.

@thepensivesloth mini storage bags for classroom stations and centers

Seriously. You have to try these! My next project is to organize my games into a binder and these will fit perfectly…Perhaps this summer?

These are a MUST HAVE if you use teacher-made materials, centers, or stations in your classroom or if you are a Teachers Pay Teachers junkie like me!

 

–The Pensive Sloth