Almost every teacher I know has the uncanny ability to take common household supplies and turn them into some sort of classroom supply. I do not go to the extremes of some of the teachers that I know, but I will admit, I get the DIY classroom supply itch now and again.
Over the past few years, I manufactured DIY Ziploc flashcard pouches for back to school. Using quart-sized Ziploc bags and some duct tape, I make a pouch that clips into student binders to hold loose materials. At the beginning of the year, I give each student a pouch to hold vocabulary and grammar flashcard rings in their binders. The pouches also work well for math facts flashcards, sight word flashcards, username/PW information for school apps, and a variety of other everyday classroom items.
- quart-sized Ziploc bags (go for heavy duty, so they don’t rip before the end of the school year)
- duct tape in a fun color/pattern (I like Duck tape brand that has the crazy patterns)
- single hole punch
- sharp scissors
- one piece of notebook paper to measure the distance to punch holes
- Put one Ziploc bag on a flat surface, front of the bag facing up.
- Eyeball the length of a piece of duct tape that reaches from the bottom of the Ziploc bag to the “collar” or area where the bag snaps together.
- Cut the length of duct tape you need and place the duct tape on the flat surface, sticky side up.
- Place Ziploc bag on top of the sticky side of the duct tape only covering half of the width of the tape strip.
- Fold the remaining exposed part of the duct tape strip over the top of the plastic bag, so the left edge is covered with a strip of duct tape.
- Hold the notebook paper with the bottom two holes over the duct taped edge of the bag. Line up the bottom of the piece of notebook paper with the bottom edge of the Ziploc bag.
- Hole punch two holes into the Ziploc bag.
- Clip into binder.