50 Best Amazon Teacher Supplies for Classroom Activities
It took me several years of trial and error to get my classroom stocked with useful supplies. Only after using them did I know if they were fantastic can’t-live-without or duds. I made a list of teacher supplies everyone can find on Amazon and divided it into categories from classroom organization to technology and electronic devices to make it easier for you.
I’m not saying all these supplies are perfect, but they each either have a useful function or make classroom teaching easier and more effective. Have a look at my list and see if any of the items would fulfill your needs. You can bookmark this article for future reference because it contains a lot of information.
I’ve divided the list into seven categories. My best Amazon teacher supplies include:
This is a huge one, especially for elementary school teachers. We have a variety of educational resources including electronic items, books, art supplies, toys and much more. We are always ready to meet individual learning needs, and the trick is to be able to get your hands on a variety of items quickly.
Bags, pockets and pouches
The best thing about keeping classroom supplies in bags, pockets or pouches is they are portable and easy to access. Pouches have handles and the flaps help keep books safe from falling out or getting wet if they are being carried home in the rain.
We are trying to teach our children to avoid single-use plastic. What better way than to demonstrate in the classroom the many uses of Zip-lock bags.
Baskets, bins and boxes
Baskets, bins and boxes come in a variety of colors for easy organization of different types of classroom supplies. They come with handles, label spaces and are stackable for convenient storage.
Caddies are similar to boxes and bins, but they allow you to organize several different items in one box. They have at least two compartments and some have four or six.
I use caddies to separate my sketch pens and crayons into colors because this reduces the search time for the children and helps avoid quarrels.
Classroom carts come in a wide variety of models from simple shelves on wheels to attractive organizers with drawers and whiteboards attached. Carts have strong, locking wheels and many of them fit under a whiteboard.
I use the simple variety of classroom carts because I want versatility, so I can change the bins according to the activity. I like to move it around the room, but I also lock it in place.
Classroom mailboxes need to have individual compartments that children can call their own.
I find that charging stations are one of the most important organizing features of any classroom if you have electronic devices. Tablets tend to get left here and there and the necessary charging can be overlooked.
They can be as simple as shelves or as complex as labeled drawers. They can contain several colored bins. Stands need to be stable, so they don’t tip over when they get knocked. Most have lockable wheels.
They can be as simple as a stack of connected plastic folders or like a mini-filing cabinet that fits on your desk.
Desktop organizers are essential for me to keep track of the activity sheets, coloring sheets, printed stories with questions and other lesson-related material.
2. Flexible Classroom
A flexible classroom allows children to sit in groups or alone according to their choice at the time. The classroom is organized for this and there is no seating grid. This type of classroom has been shown through research to be healthier for children who naturally like to move and are anathema to sitting still for long periods.
My classroom is arranged for flexible seating, so the types of chairs I have vary in style.
I have two beanbag chairs as well as ergonomically designed plastic molded chairs. I like especially like stackable chairs which are iseco-friendly, have low toxic emissions and air safety certified by BIFMA.
This is not the only option anymore. Wobble stools are available that allow children to wiggle and twist while doing their work. I use these stools for children who simply can’t sit still when they are concentrating.
Classroom rugs come in several styles. The aim is to give a bit of organization to sitting in a group on the floor. They have shapes and colors or graphics of the solar system or a barnyard. They may have numbers and the alphabet and some have words for each letter.
Colorful, clear drawings of animals and everyday objects
Low pile for easy cleaning
My final verdict – Not only does it promote learning the alphabet, but it also opens the door to creating games and stories about a variety of things like what is a newt and which season is your favorite.
Once you start using a teacher’s easel, you will wonder how you lived without it. Other furniture and equipment for the classroom include bookshelves, rolling carts, games and the usual tables and chairs.
The most basic teacher’s easel has a whiteboard with a tray in front for holding the pens and erasers. It is also suitable for clipping sheets of paper or charts.
These are obvious features of any classroom, but sometimes you don’t have enough, or the ones you have are not the right size. Size matters when it comes to classroom organization. Several smaller shelves can be placed in different parts of the room for easier access to supplies.
Even if your school has a main library, some children won’t use it. The younger ones may feel intimidated, especially if they are beginner readers. If you have a small selection in a classroom library, there is a better chance those children will read. Put the books on a low shelf, so the children can browse without help.
Play equipment includes everything from sketch pens to puzzles. Blocks, Legos and other manipulatives are needed for brain development and to keep little hands and minds busy. You may also have outdoor equipment such as balls. This is what your bins and boxes are for.
Tables, desks and chairs
These need no description but the way they are placed in your classroom makes all the difference. Also, round tables are great for student interaction during a lesson. Chairs need not be conventional. For a flexible classroom, they can choose from several unconventional seating possibilities, such as balance balls and flexible stools.
You can find several types of rolling carts for easy portability. Bags for supplies have wheels just like a carry-on bag for travel, but it is configured for teachers. Rolling carts provide shelves can be easily moved around the classroom and locked in place.
Technology has advanced every aspect of life including the learning experience. Today, children grow up using electronic devices for entertainment and there is no reason they shouldn’t use them for education too.
Smartboards allow you to project activities from a PC to a large screen where children can interact with the material. They can get up out of their seats and match words, name the planets and myriad other things.
My kids use tablets for educational games and videos. If you have at least one laptop in your classroom, it is very convenient to use it with a smartboard or digital microscope. Chromebooks are useful for accessing information from the cloud rather than downloading it onto the machine.
One of the advantages of tablets is to allow individual learning. You can give different levels of math or reading projects to different children to meet the needs of both slow learners and advanced learners.
Computer speakers enhance the volume and clarity of the sound from a PC, laptop or another device. They are essential when you are projecting a video or lecture on a smartboard, so the whole class can hear.
A listening center is a device that plays audio with multiple jacks for headphones. They allow multiple children to hear the same audio with individual headphones. They come with a varying number of docks.
A small machine that filters indoor air, air purifiers can help remove viruses, bacteria and other airborne toxins to help children stay healthy.
I don’t use air purifiers all year round, but during the winter when there is less fresh air coming in from outdoors, I use one to help keep down germs in the air.
Your school may have central air conditioning, but many schools don’t. An air conditioner can remove dampness from the air and lower the temperature for comfort in hot regions. In some regions, air conditioning is essential for students to have any concentration in class.
5. Games, Activities and School Projects
With the help of games, STEM kits, and art students can learn a variety of important skills. So, I’m sure all the supplies I will mention below should be in each classroom.
Arts and crafts
This includes a lot of supplies that need to be organized and stored. Scissors, crayons, paint and brushes, glue and paper to name a few.
Arts and crafts are an important part of any elementary school curriculum. It gives a lot of satisfaction while exercising fine motor skills.
These games include counting, shapes, vocabulary words, simple addition and subtraction and basic fractions. You will find games online that children can play on their tablets or hard copy games you can keep on your shelves where your children can reach them. They keep some children busy while you give personal attention to others.
STEM kits include all you need to teach the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum. The kits include everything needed for electronic building and teach circuitry, electrical connections, simple chemistry experiments and much more.
You will find math games online for every level of the learner. From basic addition to calculus, there are games for everyone. Math games are fun for children and advance their math skills. Hardcopy games that require addition, subtraction and counting create the desire to learn math because they are challenging.
Language games and activities
Your listening centers and headphones are useful for language activities. Children learn a language faster when they can test their own pronunciation after hearing the correct pronunciation. Games are also fun and educational.
I use four types of language games, including card games, simulation and role-playing games, board games and party games.
Planting a seed, watering it and watching it sprout and grow is thrilling for younger elementary age students. It’s a simple activity that just requires a cup, some planting mixture and a seed and is interesting both for elementary and middle school students.
Nasturtiums are brightly-colored, edible plants that are very easy to grow and usually bloom the whole summer. You may wonder why I mention that they’re edible. When young children are involved, there’s always the chance they may decide to taste a seed. After all, they regularly eat sunflower seeds, popcorn and sesame seeds, so why not try some others? That’s is the main reason I avoid Morning Glory and Foxglove.
There are many different types of fidget toys and you can make your own. Marbles in a sack, beads on a string and the infinity cube that never stops moving. They keep kids focused and give them a break from concentrating on lessons. Fidget toys may even contribute to peace and quiet for a short time.
Digital microscopes can be connected to a monitor or smartboard, so the whole class can see an object magnified. They come in varying degrees of sophistication, but even the simplest ones show leaves, insects, hair and many other things magnified.
Egg incubators keep eggs at the right temperature and automatically move them around as a mother hen would do. If you want to hatch eggs, you should also have a brooder box for them to live in for two weeks after hatching.
These are classroom supplies that you may take for granted until they go missing or you run out. Here’s a list to help you stock up on the small items for your classroom, so you don’t get caught without them.
Clipboard and clipboard stands
Clipboards allow children in a flexible seating classroom have an individual place to write. Clipboard stands are convenient for displaying information or to show sentences you want the child to copy. They are also useful on your desk. I have two, one for me and one to use for an individual lesson.
Folders and envelopes
These are items you don’t think about until you can’t find one. I recommend you keep a large stock. You can buy them in bulk and store them somewhere they are handy but not in the way of daily activities. After all, you can always use them next year.
Pencils, pens and markers
These are consumables that get used up. There is nothing worse, especially for children, to be using a marker that goes dry. You always need a backup immediately, and these are things you need to buy regularly throughout the year. I keep a box of 12 in my cupboard.
You may have a main sharpener in your classroom, but it is convenient to have small ones in art supply boxes or other places, so children can use them without getting up.
My Top Pick
Suitable for colored pencils
Regulates the timing for sharpening
Best for: If you only get one pencil sharpener for your classroom, this is the one to get. It regulates the timing for sharpening a pencil, which is a great advantage in a classroom because the students tend to over-sharpen pencils or just continue grinding to waste time and talk to their friends waiting in line.
These are very personal items and each teacher has his or her way of keeping track of their class. If you don’t have the habit of writing a journal about interesting or unusual things that happen in your classroom throughout the year, it’s worth starting one. After a few years, it becomes invaluable.
Notepads and paper
These may be provided by your school, but they are consumables and will run out, so you need to keep a constant supply. Always remember to order more before your supply gets too low. It may seem illogical, but sometimes the most common everyday things get forgotten until it’s too late.
Magnets are great for posting notes and artwork. They are also useful for teaching the magnetic poles. You can get clip magnets that will hold a pen o pencil on a board where they are easy to find and put back. Magnet bars are a great place to store scissors.
If your class needs to share tablets or time doing science experiments, timers help make it fair. If the children set the timer, they won’t complain (usually) when their time is up. Timers are also useful for classroom management. Set the timer for a 20-minute art period or 10 minutes of free time.
If you like the idea of scenting the air with different essential oils, it’s worth having an oil diffuser in your classroom.
This is a set of eight of the most used oils. It is USDA approved and is 100 percent organic. The oils have no additives, chemicals, alcohol or added fragrance. It contains peppermint, lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, lemongrass, frankincense and rosemary. It is certified Cruelty-Free, which means it was not tested on animals.
I recommend you try several scents until you find one that your whole class likes, otherwise some will like it and some will be nauseated. There are very subtle scents that improve the indoor air but are hardly noticeable.
The learning environment is very important. It needs to be attractive and interesting as well as relaxing and safe. Classroom decorations are the main way you can control the ambiance of your classroom.
Light filters that cover fluorescent lights may have a big impact on the behavior of your class.
Studies have shown that fluorescent light is unnatural and unhealthy if children are near them for hours every day. Light filters can fix this problem. They come in off-white, blue, nature scenes and designs and aim to stop the glare and flicker of classroom lights. Some even disperse full-spectrum light.
Attractive posters are useful for a variety of things. They may have information, such as the alphabet or numbers, or have a poem or picture that is the source of a discussion. You can purchase posters if you want to show a national monument or specific scene, and your children can make posters on different subjects.
Bulletin boards speak for themselves. (No pun intended). They tell you what you need to know. You may have one bulletin board to display artwork and another to give information such as holiday lists, notices for parents and other things. Just make sure the information is up-to-date or the children will stop looking.
Most of my students love it when I transform the classroom into a restaurant, art gallery, doctor’s office, bank or other environments for new learning space. Make sure you keep together the items you used such as cooking utensils, doctor supplies or other items you need for the next time.
This list has helped simplify my teaching experience, and I keep it always on hand. You may bookmark it for future reference. I’m sure you have other tips that will help elementary school teachers, so please add them in the comments below.