Math = Love: Getting Organized: Project Trays

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Getting Organized: Project Trays

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I had to drive to a nearby town to visit our credit union. This town happens to have a Dollar Tree, so we decided to stop in. We weren't looking for anything in particular, but that's never stopped us before! :)

I was hoping that there might be some sort of organizer that would hold letter sized paper. After walking down the aisle full of organizing baskets, I thought I was out of luck. Then, Shaun spotted some paper-sized baskets in a totally unrelated section. I decided these would be PERFECT for putting supplies together for various activities.

I ended up buying eight of these baskets. Here are six of them on my back counter waiting for me to pull out the needed materials for future activities.

One of the baskets is currently sitting on my desk, and the eighth basket is sitting in my husband's room. 

I feel so much better about having supplies out on the counter when they are in one of these baskets instead of just sitting out. These were super useful for the first week of classes since I had so many different activities going on with different supplies!

Here are our supplies for the marshmallow challenge

These two baskets have cups, rubberbands, and string for the cup stacking challenge and paper growth mindset challenges

These are definitely worth the $8 investment!


  1. I love the dollar store for my classroom too!
    You mentioned "cups, rubberbands, and string for the cup stacking challenge" in one of your baskets. Can you explain what that challenge is?? Many thanks!!

    1. Blog post coming soon :) Each group has a rubberband with strings attached. They have to stack the cups by only touching the strings. If you google cup stacking challenge, you will find lots of pictures that will help it make sense :)