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Christmas Gifts for Teachers They Actually Want

Christmas gifts for teachers – figuring out what to get your child’s teacher can seem stressful. Are you feeling pressure to give your child’s teacher a Pinterest worthy craft that you don’t have time to make? Please, please don’t. They don’t even want it. Trust me! Sure, they’ll appreciate the fact that you thought to give them a gift but they DON’T want another cute mug filled with candy with a clever pun written on a note tied to it. Isn’t that a huge relief??

 

I’ll tell you what teachers really want!

 

But first, I have to say: Please NO MUGS! For some reason teachers get gifted a million mugs – our kitchen cabinets are full! Teachers are sentimental, love your child, and appreciate any gift but mugs honestly end up in the next yard sale and the candy/treat inside typically goes in the trash.

 

Other things most teachers don’t want: lotion, hand soaps, candles, fuzzy socks, candy/treats, anything cute but useless from Pinterest

 

So what do you get your child’s teacher?? Here is a list of teacher gifts we actually want!

Just FYI some of these are Amazon affiliate links which means at no extra cost to you, I get a commission for purchases made through the links.

 

1. My #1 recommendation: Flair pens

This is easily my top recommendation. It is such a great gift! I feel like EVERY teacher I’ve ever talked to is obsessed with these specific type of Flair pens. You probably don’t follow teachers on social media but I do and if you ever spend any time browsing, you’ll see teachers are obsessed with these pens! They constantly post pictures of them on Instagram when they buy them and receive many ‘likes’ and heart eye smileys in the comments from other teachers. They’re pure gold in the teaching world – you’ll definitely put a smile on their face if you buy them these.

 

2. Hand written card from you

You’d probably be surprised how much this means to your child’s teacher. Take a moment to include a card that says how much you appreciate them and what they do for their child… they’ll probably cry ugly tears when they read it after the kids have left for the day.

 

3. Expo markers (or other school supplies)

It may seem like a lame gift but it’s not – teachers ALWAYS need more expo markers so they’re much appreciated, especially a big pack of the fun colors like this! Definitely get Expo brand if you buy dry erase markers. Teachers get giddy about school supplies – if they supplied a list at the beginning of the year, definitely look at that to see the items/brands they prefer and see if there’s anything on there that you can restock that might run out like glue sticks. Usually a lot of our supplies are drained by Christmas. A lot of teachers buy pencils, crayons, copy paper, etc. out of their own pockets so they will appreciate these practical gifts much more than a jar filled with candy canes.

 

If your school doesn’t send home a list, other school supplies teachers love (and the brand matters!) are:
Elmer Glue Sticks
Astrobrights color paper
Crayola construction paper
Scotch scissors for them (they cut a lot of things out by hand so having high quality scissors that are easy on your hands is so nice)
Mr. Sketch markers
Ticonderoga pencils (these pre-sharpened ones are great!)

 

Want to really knock it out of the park? This is an AMAZING gift.
Get them a personal laminator and laminating sheets!

This is the one many teachers are obsessed with and it even comes with the sheets it uses! It’s possible they already have one (they’re all the rage in the teaching world) but they won’t mind a 2nd and they’ll definitely appreciate the sheets if so! If they don’t already have one, you will just make their year with this gift. These are very, very loved by teachers! We laminate new activities constantly so it’ll get used A LOT throughout the year to enhance learning for your child. I’m getting excited about it just thinking of a parent getting this for their child’s teacher!

 

4. Anything made by your child

Your child’s teacher spends all day with them – they love them – so anything they write to show them appreciation is cherished. Don’t worry about making some fancy handprint craft or something. It can literally be a scribbled drawing of them and their teacher on a piece of scratch paper that says “I Love You Ms. ___, you are the best teacher!” and it’ll be 1000x more treasured than anything you printed/made that you saw online. Teachers LOVE sweet notes and drawings from their kids. Encourage your child to write a heartfelt note thanking their teacher and why – it’s especially adorable with the littlest of kiddos if they use their own invented spelling – we can read anything, don’t worry. 🙂

 

5. GIFT CARDS!!!

They are not impersonal. If you feel guilty giving a gift card – oh my gosh, don’t! That’s the absolute BEST gift. It’s not any less thoughtful and much more appreciated. You don’t have to include anything with them except maybe a card.. BUT make sure it’s one the teacher will actually use.

 

A great gift is a gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers.
The teacher will think you’re quite hip. Your child’s teacher probably buys a lot of their curriculum off of the site (with their own money) and if they’re one of the rare teachers that doesn’t… well then you just opened up a whole new world to them! It’s a place where teachers create classroom materials and sell them to other teachers and millions of teachers use it to find free and paid materials for their classroom when what the school provides just doesn’t cut it or they just want fun activities designed by other teachers for their students.

 

Another fantastic gift card is directly to Amazon!

You can get anything on Amazon! Many teachers buy books and other things for their classroom on Amazon, as well as things for themselves, so it’s a perfect gift! They have really cute options for holiday packaging that come with the cards too – I love this Santa one!

 

Another great gift card option is Target!
Teachers LOVE Target. Again, if you follow any teacher hashtag for even a second, you’ll see post after post of teachers posting what they got from Target and sometimes hundreds of comments of teachers gawking.

 


A gift card to treat your child’s teacher to a nice dinner is an awesome gift if it’s in your budget. If you do a restaurant gift card, though, make sure they actually like that restaurant. A lot of teachers have stacks of $5 here and $5 there to food places they don’t eat at. Your child might know what they often get for lunch but if you have no idea, a Darden restaurants gift card is nice because they can use it at any Darden restaurant like Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Yard House, etc. They have both $25 and $50 options – I recommend the $25 option, that’s a wonderful gift!

 

For some reason teachers get a lot of gift cards for coffee. Maybe people realize how much caffeine is required to wrangle 25 little ones all day? 🙂 A lot of teachers will absolutely love this BUT not all teachers drink coffee so just make sure first! Ask your child if they ever bring Starbucks to class or drink coffee at work.

If they do drink coffee, a Starbucks gift card is awesome!

Again, don’t include a coffee thermos or mug with it – just don’t. A gift card is enough. 🙂 This is a set of 4 $10 Starbucks gift cards for all your kids’ teachers and maybe even 1 for you! They have all types of denominations and I love that you can order so many different gift cards from so many places directly from Amazon – it just makes holiday shopping so much easier.

 

 

 

Like I said, please don’t feel pressured to make something cute from Pinterest. Who has time for that? & they don’t even want it… I know I’m repeating myself but seriously, isn’t that such a relief?! 🙂 A pack of color flair pens or a small gift card stuffed inside a handwritten card will literally make you the coolest parent around. I hope this list has been helpful for you! Just remember, your kids’ teacher(s) LOVE your kid(s) – gifts are appreciated but not expected so don’t let it stress you out. Anything you give them will be absolutely appreciated, even if it’s just a scribbled love note inside a Christmas card from their student… I just wanted to share with you some things teachers would love to receive! Merry Christmas!

 

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Christmas gifts for teachers that they actually want! Great list of what to get your child's teacher for the holidays!

Best Blogging Tools for Teacher Entrepreneurs

Here is a list of the best blogging tools for teacher entrepreneurs, or really any person working from home to build their business!

 

2016 has seen a huge rise in the teacher entrepreneur! So many people in the education field are starting their own businesses: blogging fun and creative teaching ideas, creating educational materials for TeachersPayTeachers, and all sorts of things. If you were born to be a teacher, you were probably also born to be an entrepreneur. You probably have great management and organizational skills, you’re creative and positive, you’re self-directed… you possess all of the skills necessary to be a successful business owner… so now you need some tools!

 

I compiled this list of what I think are the best blogging tools or must have items for your home based business that I personally love. This list could really apply to anyone who works from home so if you’re a photographer, blogger in another niche, or any sort of entrepreneur – I think you’ll still find this list helpful! I provided the links for you to see the tools I recommend directly on Amazon – some links are affiliate links which means I get commission if you buy from the links, it’s no extra cost for you but I just wanted to let you know! 🙂

 

My absolute favorite thing I’ve purchased is my vertical mouse. I didn’t even know these existed until I was getting a lot of pain in my wrist and lower arm and was researching solutions. I tried carpal tunnel exercises and resting but nothing really worked… until I found this mouse! The first couple times I tried it, I didn’t like it and thought it was too big for my hand. Now I don’t think I’d use the computer without it. It glides really easily, is super easy to use, and I have no wrist pain anymore! When I tried my old mouse or try to use my laptop’s pad, my wrist pain comes back immediately so I know this mouse was worth every penny.

 

Another thing I can’t recommend enough is a quality office chair. Do not, I repeat do not, sit on your couch hunched over for hours. You don’t have to work in an office – roll your chair into the living room in front of the T.V. so you can still watch your favorites. This is the chair I have and love but I highly recommend you go in person to an office store and try them out to find the one that fits you perfectly. Make sure it gives you lumbar support, is adjustable to fit you perfectly, and has you sitting straight up and down. I used to always work on the couch with my laptop and my back/neck hurt all the time.

 

Another creative option is this Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. They’re supposed to be great for your back! I don’t personally have one but I have friends who love theirs. All the secretaries at my doctor’s office also rave about theirs. I am really thinking of getting one soon! They have fun colors to choose from in the adult sizes and kids love them for flexible seating (I have a huge post of flexible seating options and ideas for the classroom) so why not us too? 🙂

 

I actually try not to sit that often when I am working on my computer. I often put my laptop on a plastic storage bin on a dresser (I’m super fancy) to create a makeshift standing desk. I also have a treadmill desk and bike desk that I LOVE. I vary my position all the time so I stay active. Sitting isn’t healthy so I try to do as little of it as possible despite how much time I spend on the computer.

 

I am OBSESSED with my treadmill desk. I have had the LifeSpan TR1200-DT5 for several years now and I love it just as much as the day I got it. I am not that coordinated so I was hesitant but I got used to it immediately. I usually walk at a low speed and check emails, do my pinning, check social media, write blog posts, or whatever else I need to do! I love the huge desk it has – there is plenty of room for my computer, mouse, and a lot of room to spread out all the papers I’m using doing whatever I’m doing. The treadmill desk does take up a bit of room but it’s so worth it to me. I have mine in the corner of the family room so I can walk, work on the computer, and watch T.V. at the same time.

 

I also have a bike desk! Not going to lie, sometimes I just feel like sitting. When I just want to sit, I sit on the bike desk. Sometimes I barely move my legs so it’s just a little movement and other times I super-peddle while working – I like that I can choose the intensity by just peddling or not. It’s really nice to have options! I actually find myself peddling really fast sometimes not thinking about it and being winded! So I like that it provides exercise too!

 

 

Another must have is a quality wireless color printer. I have had my Brother wireless printer for a few years now and I love it. You definitely need wireless – I can’t believe I ever used to come plug in my computer to print. It prints beautiful color so I really love it for printing centers and color activities!

 

Something I just recently got that I’m obsessed with right now is my electric hole punch! True story: I hate 3 hole punching things and was in an office store the other day and saw one of these. I didn’t know they existed! So naturally I went to Amazon to find it cheaper 🙂 and read reviews. This is the one I ended up with and I love it so far. I have already made so many binders worth of things with it because hole punching is so quick and easy now.

 

 

If you’re working on your computer all day, you need a good one! The most important thing to me was speed and battery life so I did a lot of research and tried a lot in store. I couldn’t find my exact one because I think it’s an older model but this Lenovo ThinkPad is really close to it! I absolutely LOVE the touch screen. I didn’t think I’d use it but I find myself using it all the time. I don’t use the folding up option much because I’m not a tablet person but I’m sure other people do. I just love the battery life on it because I used to be a Mac user and it was really hard to find a PC that compared in battery life! This is my 2nd Lenovo though and I really like this brand. I also really like the keyboard on this particular computer – it’s nice to type on and, well I blog, so I do a lot of typing! 🙂 It’s also SUPER portable. It’s so small and lightweight compared to my laptop before it. It’s been great to take on trips – I can use it in the car, in hotels, and also easily on airplane tray tables.  What type of computer do you use?

 

If you take pictures of your products or pictures for your blog, you also need a digital camera! It’s okay if you can only afford a point and shoot for right now – they can still take amazing pictures and are easy to use. When you’re ready to get a DSLR, I recommend Canon. I have a Canon Rebel T5i and it takes really, really beautiful pictures.

 

 

Okay so this one is a little embarrassing but if your eyes ever hurt or feel strained from working on the computer, Gunnar Optiks glasses are great! My eye doctor actually recommended them because I was getting eye pain from working on the computer all night (anyone relate?!) so I wear them when I am working on the computer at night to filter out the glare. My husband may or may not make fun of me for looking a little goofy. 🙂

 

 

Last but not least, BACK UP YOUR STUFF. Definitely get some sort of back up to back up all of your files. You work so hard on all your creations, blog posts, whatever… make sure you back them up. I use a Seagate External Hard Drive but also back up by putting my things on more than 1 computer and on flash drives. I back up the back ups of my back ups. 🙂

 

 

 

I hope this post was helpful for you! These are some of my favorite tools that I use for blogging and building my business. I’d love to hear in the comments if you use any of these too or what other things I should know about!

 

As you may have guessed by the name of this site, I LOVE making lists. Check out some of my other fun lists:

Classroom Must Haves

Reading Must Haves

Math Must Haves

Best Back to School Read Alouds

Back to School Books Specifically for Kindergarten

Best Books by Behavior (great for teaching specific behaviors like tattling, sharing, etc.!)

Huge List of Classroom Jobs

How to Organize Classroom Jobs

Teaching Interview Questions

8 Reasons Why Kids Need Recess

 

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Back to School Books for Kindergarten

Having back to school books for kindergarten is so important as kids can be afraid to start this scary new thing called kindergarten and you want to show them that it’s fun! The more books you read to them about kindergarten, the better! 🙂

 

This list is books specifically for kindergarten but I also made a Favorite Back to School Books list of fun read alouds for any age. I also made a HUGE list of books by behavior to read the first few weeks of school that covers everything from tattling to how to share to picking your nose – I covered everything! They’re AWESOME books that target specific behaviors and spark great lessons to start the year off right.

 

Here are some of my favorite kindergarten books! I provided the links for you to see them directly on Amazon if you want to check them out – some links are affiliate links which means I get commission if you buy from the links, it’s no extra cost for you but I just wanted to let you know!

 

I love Planet Kindergarten – it’s such a fun twist on the typical starting kindergarten book about a little boy who blasts off to Planet Kindergarten and is excited to explore this new world. Kindergarten really might feel like a whole other world to your littles so it’s a fun play on that. I really like the illustrations and rhyming in this space themed book!

 

 

 

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is one of my favorites because it is silly but teaches great lessons. Kids think it’s hilarious that a buffalo is in kindergarten and it’s fun to see him in the school settings. It also shows things like how the buffalo doesn’t get mad when someone takes his building blocks (such a great relation to K!) but remembers the rules for sharing instead.

 

 

 

The Night Before Kindergarten is a great book to read early on the first day because  it addresses going to bed the night before kindergarten, preparing, and all the nerves associated with it. I really feel like students relate to it and it does a good job of relieving any fears. It’s also a great book to read to your own child before they start kindergarten!

 

 

 

I don’t have a picture of the cover but On the First Day of Kindergarten is a super cute kindergarten book! I really like this one too!

 

Kindergarten Rocks! is a cute book about a little boy who is afraid to start kindergarten but pretends not to be but the illustrations show his worried face. His stuffed animal Rufus he brings is the nervous one according to him and as he has fun in school, Rufus does too. 🙂 It’s a cute book to help ease the nerves of starting kindergarten – I really like it!

 

 

 

Ready for Kindergarten, Stinky Face? is a cute book about a little boy who has a bunch of outlandish fears about kindergarten like what if the sink pours out grape juice instead of water but his mom keeps assuring him. This is a great silly little story to read and then ask the kids what they were worried about kindergarten being like and make an anchor chart together of their worries.

 

 

 

 

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten is a cute simple book with a fun rhyme of each kid in class preparing for kindergarten (each kids’ name starts with a letter in order A-Z so it’s sneakily an ABC book too!) while Miss Bindergarten gets her classroom ready for school.

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten, Here I Come! is another great book to read before a child starts kindergarten or on the first day of school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pirate of Kindergarten is another fun book about a little girl who has some trouble in school because she sees things twice and when it’s found out that she has double vision, she has to wear an eye patch and becomes the pirate of kindergarten! It’s great for helping students have empathy and accept others, as well as embracing being different. I like this one a lot!

 

 

 

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten is a book about a spunky little girl named Annie who is determined to get a Gold Star for good behavior from her kindergarten teacher Mr. Todd. I love this one for discussing class rules and how to earn whatever your classroom reward is.

 

 

 

 

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! is a cute story about a little mouse who is getting ready for kindergarten. He is a little nervous but his mom assures him it will be okay.

 

 

 

 

 

I loved Clifford as a kid so Clifford Goes to Kindergarten is one of my absolute favorites to read to kids who may be nervous about kindergarten. Molly Elizabeth (the little girl who Clifford belongs to) started kindergarten yesterday so she walks you through kindergarten and what she experienced that can really help ease kids’ fears about what kindergarten will be like. Plus, Clifford does silly things when Molly Elizabeth brings him to school. 🙂

 

 

The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten is such a humorous, fun book about a little girl in kindergarten who is so embarrassed when her mom comes to kindergarten and breaks all kinds of rules like not raising her hand to speak, using her library voice, talking during story time, etc. It’s a great book to go over a bunch of classroom rules while being really funny because it’s the little girls’ mom breaking all the rules on accident. The teacher is really understanding since her mom is new to kindergarten which is really relatable to students who may get in trouble because they just don’t know yet. I really love this one – it makes me laugh!

 

The Twelve Days of Kindergarten: A Counting Book is a fun way to practice numbers with a kindergarten theme in the familiar song we all know: On the first day of kindergarten, my teacher gave to me… 🙂

 

 

 

 

Countdown to Kindergarten is about a little girl who is really worrying about starting kindergarten. She doesn’t know how to tie her shoes and thinks the #1 rule of kindergarten is that you’re not allowed to ask for help. I recommend reading this later in the week because the majority of the book focuses on all the girls’ worries. Make sure every time they say that you’re not allowed to ask for help that you say how that’s silly and of course you can ask for help so her fear is unwarranted so it doesn’t make them fearful as well. I love the illustrations of the little girl with her cat and all of the situations she gets into while trying to figure out how to get around not being able to tie her shoes before she starts kindergarten. When she finally gets to school, most of the other kids can’t tie their shoes either and she realizes she’s not the only one and all her worrying was for nothing! It’s a great book to talk about what they were scared of about kindergarten and why it’s not the case as well as talk about asking adults for help when you need it.

 

Okay so this isn’t technically a back to school book and you’ve probably already read it 10 times but Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is just loved so much by kids if you read it in a fun rhythmic sing-song-y way that I think it should be a first week read aloud for kindergarten anyway! It’s a great alphabet book if you read it right! 🙂 I am working on a huge list of fun alphabet books I recommend so keep a look out! This is also a great way to introduce attention grabbing chants like if you say, “Chicka Chicka” the kids stop what they’re doing and say, “Boom Boom!”

 

 

Don’t forget to check out my list of FAVORITE BACK TO SCHOOL READ ALOUDS that work for any age!

 

I also really recommend my Back to School Books By Behavior list of books that will help teach your kids important lessons like sharing, not interrupting, handling anger, being kind, using inside voices, even using too much glue!

 

 

Here’s a list of more kindergarten books if you still want to look some more! I don’t personally have these ones but you can check them out if you’d like!

Kindergarten Cat

Monkey: Not Ready for Kindergarten

A Place Called Kindergarten

On the Way to Kindergarten

Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

Kindergarten Is Cool!

Kindergarten Countdown

Off to Kindergarten

and there are so many more! I think the more kids read about kindergarten, the less fears they’ll have and the more excited they’ll be! I hope you enjoyed reading my list and found some new books you hadn’t heard of before. Do you love any of these books too? Which are your favorites? Any books I didn’t mention that you think I should know? Let me know in the comments!

 

I absolutely love making lists and have a lot planned to show you my favorite books for every theme and holiday so please stay tuned! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date!

 

If you’re still prepping your classroom (or are just obsessed with all things teachery like me), check out my must have lists:

Classroom Must Haves

Reading Must Haves

Math Must Haves

Flexible Seating Classroom Ideas and Seating Options

 

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Back to School Books Kindergarten read alouds

Flexible Seating Classroom Ideas and Seating Options

Flexible seating in the classroom is a huge trend in education this year! There are a ton of ideas for flexible seating options you can do in your classroom to try it out a little bit or go full force so I compiled a list for you to see a lot of the different options! I provided the links for you to see them directly on Amazon if you want to check them out – some links are affiliate links which means I get commission if you buy from the links, it’s no extra cost for you but I just wanted to let you know! I love that so many classrooms are embracing flexible seating and there are just so many great ideas out there for how you can try it yourself!

Hokki Stools definitely seem to be the most popular flexible seating option that I’ve seen. They’re one of the priciest things on this list but they’re so amazing. They come in a lot of fun colors and allow students to move all around and be comfortable. They’re great for table spots as well as for at your small groups table so kids can get all their wiggles out without being distracting to others. I recommend this 15″ one for K-2 students.

 

 

Gaiam Kids Stay-n-Play Balance Balls are also wonderful stability  balls for student to sit on while they work! I love that these have little legs on them so they don’t roll away when not in use. I also love that they come in fun colors and I love the 45 cm. size ball for the classroom.

 

 

 

You can also just use regular balance balls or big bouncy balls! In order for them to not roll away or to store them on top of tables at the end of the day, buy a pack of colorful flying discs, flip them upside down, and set the ball inside of them. You could also buy those green styrofoam circles with a hole in the middle from dollar stores or craft stores but the sound of styrofoam makes me twitch so I prefer flying discs! You could also cut a pool noodle to the correct size, twist it into a circle, and use a cute color strong tape to tape the ends together to set the ball in. There are a lot of possible solutions. 🙂

Gaiam also makes balance ball chairs like this one for kids to sit on. I really want an adult sized one to help with my posture while sitting at the computer but I haven’t ordered one yet. I’ll let you guys know if I like it if I do!

 

 

 

 

Wobble cushions are also an excellent option, especially if you keep your normal chairs, because kids can wobble all around in their seat for a ton of sensory input with little distraction. You can have these in a seat or have them sit on them on the floor. One way I really love is to lower a student table by taking the legs off to make it a super low table kids can sit and work at. You can cut slits in tennis balls and put them on the table legs so they don’t harm your floor with the legs off.

 

Speaking of wobbling, I love wobble chairs! Kids really seem to love these and they come in really cute colors that let kids get the movement they need. I like the 14″ height.

 

 

 

 

Scoop rockers are also a fun choice to sit on the floor for students to sit in while they read or work! Just have your students grab a clipboard and their pencil and they can work sitting pretty much anywhere.

 

 

Carpet circles are another option for sitting on the floor! You can also get carpet squares. You can also buy fluffy or memory foam bath mats! Carpet circles like this and bath mats are nice because kids can grab them and sit wherever they want… as well as you can have them move if they’re being disruptive or by someone that’s distracting them. It’s also nice that they establish a personal space for students. Talking about personal space is important to do when letting students choose their own seating. Check out the “Personal Space” section in my list of Read Aloud Books Sorted by Behavior list!

You can also have students sit or lay on yoga mats! If you cut them in half, you have a lot more seating options and a smaller size so more kids can have them and fit on the floor. I recommend extra thick ones like these if you have hard floors. The nice thing about yoga mats is that they’re super easy to store. Just get a tall plastic laundry hamper to roll them up and put them in when not in use.

 

 

 

 

 

Saucer chairs are so cozy for classroom libraries or reading corners. They’re soft and comfy and great to snuggle up in with a book. Plus I love this color and the feel of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bungee chairs are great as well! They provide a lot of movement and kids typically love to sit in them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crate seats are also a super popular choice. Just get a set of cute crates, flip them upside down, and make cushions to put on top of the bottoms of them for kids to sit on. There are so many tutorials for how to make them if you search DIY Crate Seats. If you don’t have the time to make them (what teacher does?!), or just aren’t feeling particularly crafty, you could probably buy some cushions to put on top. There are a ton of chair cushions on Amazon in all different colors, patterns, sizes… I am sure one of them is bound to fit! Just measure your crates before you order.

 

For example, this cute polka dot cushion looks like it’d be a good size. I haven’t tried them but they look like they could be a good option? I would just buy one or two and if they aren’t the right size, they become another option for kids to sit on when selecting floor seats. These would be perfect for that as well! If you do try them, please let me know how they fit!

 

 

 

Another fun idea is a play tent! If you have the room for one in your classroom, there are a ton of fun ones on Amazon to choose from in all different shapes, sizes, and themes! You could probably find one to match pretty much any classroom theme. I’d make sure it’s a nice and open one, though, so you can still see in to monitor behavior when needed.

 

 

You can also do a teepee tent! I love this teal and gray chevron one because… well, I just like those colors, but you can get any colors or styles that match your decor, of course! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

If you have the room for it, an inflatable kiddie pool is awesome for a reading area! Put a few comfy pillows and maybe even a throw blanket in it and kids will love to sit in it to read.

 

 

 

Speaking of inflatable, it may seem weird but floating pool toys like this inflatable donut inner tube can also be seating options! There are so many cheap and cute pool inner tubes out there for kids to sit in while they work!

 

 

 

Want to be the coolest teacher ever? Get a giant inflatable pizza slice they can sit on! It’s pretty massive though – it even has giant in the title! I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try this one (I guess I’m not the coolest!) but I thought it was a fun option to share to show that there are soo many different inflatables.

 

These are also some cool inflatable chairs that look comfy! I’ve never tried these ones and it looks like you can’t choose the color but I thought they looked like a fun option.

Did you know you can even get an inflatable couch for your classroom? I actually had an inflatable loveseat when I was little and my friends and I loved sitting on it! With inflatables, you need to teach that you never jump on it and treat it kindly. We used to run and jump on ours until it flipped over for fun – it never popped but my friends and I did that so much that it started leaking air. It actually held up for a long time after that but my dad had to re-inflate it periodically. Oops! 🙂

 

If your school has it in their budget, storage couches or benches like this Sit and Store Reading Center couch are awesome for your reading area! There is even a canopy you can buy to add on to it to make a super cute little reading area. There are a lot of storage couch options like this out there that double as book storage!

 

 

This storage bench is another seating option that includes storage.

I actually made my own that is a lot like this! I bought a 4 cube bookshelf and laid it on its side then put a long patio cushion on top of it. I put a bucket of books in each of the 4 cubes and you can sit on the top of it to read. It turned out really cute plus I love that I can switch out the cushion for a different color or newer one whenever I want to!

 

 

How cute is this caterpillar bench for an elementary classroom?! I just had to share it! There are a ton of other things you could get to match this for your classroom if that was your theme.

 

 

 

 

Camping chairs are also an easy option and they fold up! I also love that they typically have a cup holder in one of the arms for students to put writing materials in if they need to. There are so many cute ones out there as well as your basic kids camping chairs. They’re a popular choice!

 

 

 

 

This portable recliner seat is also a nice option for sitting on the floor. You might actually want to use it for if you sit on the carpet or floor with your students to give your bottom a little padding!

 

 

 

 

A plush bedrest is an easy thing to add to any reading area or around the classroom to lay against while working. They’re really comfy and I use them myself sometimes!

 

 

Foam kneeling pads are also nice for if you lower your tables! Kids can kneel while they work but their knees may hurt if you don’t give them some sort of pad. Sometimes you can find pads in camping sections too that would work. You can also use patio chair cushions if you already have those for flexible seating anyway.

 

 

 

So you lowered some desks… what about raising some desks to make standing desks?? Adjust a table or desk to its maximum height and then use bed risers that fit to raise it up. I like that you can stack these bed risers for additional height if you need it to get them just right. Definitely make sure you measure how high you need your tables and confirm that the bed risers will fit the legs of what you’re trying to raise and be sturdy.

 

I also love these colorful stack stools that come in a set of 5 for at small group tables or other tables.

 

 

 

 

 

Okay so I LOVE bean bags! There are so many super comfy ones from Big Joe like this Big Joe Lumin Chair. One thing about bean bags is you do have to eventually refill them if they flatten. One of my friends told me she stuffs hers with plastic grocery bags which, let’s face it, you have a million of stuffed inside of another grocery bag somewhere in your house… and if you don’t, your students’ parents do. 🙂 I can’t vouch whether or not the plastic bags work well but they do sell refill bags of beans on Amazon as well!

 

This Big Joe Roma Chair is another cool style! They come in different colors but I thought this zebra print one was fun, especially if you have a lot of neon colors in your room or a zoo/safari classroom theme.

 

 

 

Regular bean bag chairs like this pink polka dot bean bag chair also work great! I also really like the lime and gray polka dot ones. Kids just love bean bag chairs so, really, if you find a cute one, grab it!

 

 

 

How fun is this bean bag? I feel like kids are obsessed with all these fun smiley faces we use on social media so why wouldn’t they want to sit on them! ….and, yes, there is a poo one! I love the heart eyes, laughing until crying, and blowing kisses ones. 🙂

 

 

There are bean bag chairs in so many themes. For example, if you have a sports themed classroom, there are footballs and soccer balls and basketballs.. so fun!

 

 

Big Joe also makes a really cool flip lounger that you can lay on or fold the pad under to make into a chair. Big Joe has so many options – definitely check them all out! There are a lot of different shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns!

 

 

 

 

 

This red bean bag chair (also comes in other colors) is also really cute and a comfy shape. I love that they have little storage pockets on the side.

 

 

 

 

 

There really just are so many ways to give your students a choice in where they sit in the classroom to be comfortable and able to focus.

 

Other things you need for flexible seating in your classroom are ways for students to do their work without being at a desk or table.

Have a class set of colorful clipboards kids can grab and go with to use wherever in the classroom. I like having different colors (not just the wood ones) so kids can quickly and easily identify their clipboard. If you have 25-30 brown wood clipboards, there’s going to be a lot of time wasted looking for the right clipboard.

 

 

 

Lap trays are also awesome! I love them because they are super portable and have storage in the sides to put writing utensils, papers, etc. I actually even bought a pink one for myself that I use at home sometimes!

 

 

 

I haven’t personally used this lap desk but I love that it has storage inside and says it folds flat which I think would make it easier to store. Again, though, I haven’t used this particular one!

 

 

 

 

Other things you can consider to provide wiggly students some relief are Bouncy Bands! I wish these had been around when I was in school! I love that they’re really not that noticeable and work with the chairs I already have but provide support to kiddos that need to bounce and move around. You can also get stationary bicycle pedals for them to pedal under their desk!

 

 

Wow, that was a long list! I hope this gave you a lot of fun ideas to incorporate new types of seating in your classroom this year! Do you use any of these flexible seating options in your classroom? How do you like them? I would love to hear from you in the comments!

 

As you may have guessed by the name of this site, I LOVE making lists. Check out some of my other fun lists:

Classroom Must Haves

Reading Must Haves

Math Must Haves

Best Back to School Read Alouds

Best Books by Behavior (great for teaching specific behaviors like tattling, sharing, etc.!)

Huge List of Classroom Jobs

How to Organize Classroom Jobs

Teaching Interview Questions

Interview Advice for Teachers

8 Reasons Why Kids Need Recess

 

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