Okay, here is the but. I do not like the dollar store for art supplies. I'm a little bit of an art freak, I admit. I wait for sales and coupons but I try to buy real watercolor paper for the littles. They use quality paint. They use real brushes and not the plastic ones with yucky brushes that don't hold paint. Well . . . yesterday I saw some pretty neat looking markers at the dollar store. They said they were non-toxic. They claimed they were water-based and washable. And . . . they were a disaster. Every one of my littles went home covered in marker. I ruined my favorite pants. My hands (which I wash oh-let's-see 100 times a day) are still black. And to top it off, the colors were muddy and unappealing. Oh dollar store markers, you lured me in with your stylish chunky shape and attractive packaging but I won't be fooled again.
Friday, February 5, 2010
i love the dollar store, but . . .
Yes, I'll admit it. I am addicted to the dollar store. I find the most amazing things for my classroom there. Bubbles and huge bubble wands are a staple. But I also love the dollar store for all sorts of baskets and things to organize our room, sponges, baby wipes, holiday items, tape, glue sticks, ribbon, odd kitchen items that are fun to use in the art center, office items for the writing center, and the list goes on and on and on. A few weeks ago I found a simple supermarket math game aimed at young elementary students. With a few tweeks, I turned it into a memory/color matching game for my littles. There is just something about the dollar store (and flea markets and garage sales) that gets my creative juices flowing.