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Classroom Recipes: Back to School for Under $500

Prep Your Classroom for Under $500

If you follow on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you already know about our #BestSchoolYear celebration. We love the back-to-school season: It’s a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and, of course, much-needed classroom supplies.

We’ve been excited about a new series here on the blog: classroom recipes. We’ll share “ingredient lists” of supplies you can order through, inspired by real classrooms. Let’s see what you can cook up!

Inspired by anything you see? Create a new project!

A few quick notes: All of the prices below are approximate and subject to change, depending on vendors and availability. Most of these supplies are available at multiple vendors, including some that might not be listed below. These are also suggestions for individual supplies, not actual bundles, so feel free to mix and match as you please.

Essential Consumables
3 Bottles of Hand Soap
10 Containers Clorox Wipes
2 Cases of White Paper
2 Giant Packs of Post-It Notes
5 Extra-Large Packs of Glue Sticks
25 Boxes of #2 Pencils
Electric Pencil Sharpener

Total: $420

Flexible Fun
2 Wobble Chairs
4 Exercise Balls
2 Balance Discs
5 Stools
2 Sets of 6 Lap Trays

Total: $420

An Organized High School
9 Extra-Large Packs of Index Cards
6 Packs of 6 Wirebound Notebooks
12 Packs of 2-Pocket Folders
15 Sets of Colorful Highlights
30 3-Ring Binders
8 Sets of Subject Dividers
20 Student Planners

Total: $500

The Perfect Recess
4 Scooters (red and blue)
1 Beginners Basketball Hoop
1 Pack of Small Inflatable Balls
1 Pack of Soft Comet Balls
6 Jump Ropes
3 Hoola Hoops
1 Bubble-making Kit

Total: $310


Where to shop for everything above:

When you create a project, you’ll have the option to add items from any of our long-list of vendors. Here are vendors that stock many or all of the above items:

Blick Art Materials, CDW, Lakeshore Learning, Nasco,, School Specialty, Staples Advantage, Teachers’ School Supply, Kaplan Early Learning, Amazon Business

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Of course, with such a variety of vendors, the prices listed here might vary. We encourage you to shop around to get the best deals. And if you have questions about where to find any specific items, check out this guide to commonly requested items.

Have recipes of your own? Share them in the comments or tweet them @99Papers with the #BestSchoolYear hashtag.


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