Besides Target, another dangerous place for me to go is Dollar Tree. I stopped by today and played my favorite game: What can I find to repurpose for my classroom? And what, you might ask, did I find today? Chenille dusters! OK all you Wagoneers and Wagon Watchers, I'd like to introduce you to the newest members of my classroom, Dusty and Dolly Chenille.
The dusters are removable - you can see the white elastic in the picture above. I won't want the kids to remove them, though, so I hot glued the elastic to the handle. I hot glued the wiggle eyes. It's hard to tell in the picture, but I created a nose (or is it a beak?) on Dusty by gluing some of the strands together. Dolly got a little glam with some cardstock lashes I curled around a pencil and pouty lips.
My secondies LOVE puppets! Not only do they play with them, but often write stories and plays about them.
I only found blue and green dusters today. Will have to keep my eyes out for more colors as I go to other Dollar Trees. Of course, there's danger lurking. It's a distinct possibility that I find more must-haves there.
Oh yes, they have begun putting out a few back-to-school things. Just had to pick up one of their pocket charts. It's about 14" x 21" with 1" tall label strips. I have found so many uses for these about my classroom.