Secondhand Store Score: Multi-Use Wooden Box

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Retail Value: $19.99

SSS Cost: $2.89

Quality: 8/10 Scuffed, but really nice overall

Uses: If you wanted to make this for the classroom, I’d suggest adding heavy card stock or cardboard dividers for sorting papers or books. I, however, made it into a jewelry box because I needed a better way to organize my selection of necklaces, and I already had the bamboo containers ($7.99 –eek!–at TJ Maxx) With the addition of a few corner brackets and some Command Strips, I have a beautiful new necklace holder.






Secondhand Store Score: Headbanz Game

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20140516-211004.jpgRetail Value: $12.99

SSS Cost: $1.99

Quality: 10/10 (Perfect, new condition!)

Uses: Great break activity. Headbanz is a fun game where kids put a noun on their head (they don’t see it but the group does) and must ask yes/no questions to correctly identify what they are. It promotes inferences, asking questions, taking turns, comprehension, and more! Good learning game.


Secondhand Store Score: Multi Position Tiger Kids Chair

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Retail Value: Unknown

SSS Cost: $4.99

Quality: 8/10 (used but nice condition)

Uses: Kids like to take this chair to different places in throughout the classroom and read. It’s a multiple position chair, so they can sit in many ways when reading. Plus, who wouldn’t want to sit in a tiger chair?


DIY: Figurines and Their Home

DIY, Secondhand Store Score



This is a mixture of Secondhand Store Score and DIY. I found a lot of these critters around my house (yes I still have princess figurines!) or at secondhand stores. I needed a place to keep them all, and since I originally only had princess figurines, I created a castle home. Then┬ámore of the gang came along. Why I have a set up dolls, you ask? Well, one of the kids is the most cooperative when speaking to and through these dolls. I can actually get her to read when using a doll voice (I have mastered Belle’s voice). Turns out, popular method with some of the younger kids. Reading through these figurines. Whatever works!


Tin or box big enough to keep small creatures (with room to eventually add more, of course)

Paper (I’d recommend card stock)

Markers, crayons, pencils



1. Measure paper around container

2. Create some sort of design, if you want to make it a “home” stick with that theme. Don’t limit yourself though.

3. Optional: laminate paper

4. Secure around container


Secondhand Store Score: Stuffies

Secondhand Store Score


Retail Value: New stuffed animals start around $5+

SSS Cost: $0.99

Quality: 9/10 (I looked for ones in better condition, some where not so nice so look carefully. A good febreezing helps too)

Uses: Snuggles for reading, test taking buddies. A lot of the kids I serve simply like having stuffed animals in the classroom, I think it helps create a safer feel in a place they might not always feel safe.