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Classroom Recipes: Back to School for Under $500

Here are some “ingredient lists” of supplies you can order through DonorsChoose, inspired by real classrooms. Let’s see what you can cook up!


We love the back-to-school season: It’s a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and, of course, much-needed classroom supplies. We've been excited about a new series here on the blog: classroom recipes. We’ll share “ingredient lists” of supplies you can order through DonorsChoose, inspired by real classrooms. Let’s see what you can cook up! Inspired by anything you see? Create a new project!

A few quick notes: All of the prices below are approximate and subject to change, depending on vendors and availability. Most of these supplies are available at multiple vendors, including some that might not be listed below. These are also suggestions for individual supplies, not actual bundles, so feel free to mix and match as you please.

Essential Consumables

3 Bottles of Hand Soap = $12
6 Containers of Disinfectant Wipes = $30
1 Carton of 10 Reams of White Paper = $75
2 Giant Packs of  Sticky Notes = $16
5 Packs of Glue Sticks = $30
25 Boxes of #2 Pencils = $180
Electric Pencil Sharpener = $30
Total: $373

Flexible Fun

2 Wobble Chairs = $136
2 Exercise Balls = $60
2 Balance Discs = $60
5 Stools = $90
5 Floor Cushions = $100
Total: $446

An Organized High School

5 Extra-Large Packs of Index Cards = $40
4 Packs of 6 Wirebound Notebooks = $50
25 2-Pocket Folders = $17
20 3-Ring Binders = $80
20 Student Planners = $300
Total: $487

The Perfect Recess

6 Scooters = $200
1 Beginners Basketball Hoop = $120
6 Jump Ropes = $36
1 Playground Ball Set = $50
1 Bubble-making Kit =$33
Total: $439

Young students on a black top playground sit on small red scooters. In the background other young students play with yellow, blue, and red hula hoops.

Where to shop for everything above:
When you create a DonorsChoose project,
you’ll have the option to add items from any of our long-list of vendors. Here are vendors that stock many or all of the above items:

Amazon Business, Blick Art Materials, DonorsChoose Featured Favorites, Grainger, Kaplan Early Learning Company, Lakeshore, Nasco, Quill.com, School Specialty, Staples, Teachers' School Supply. 

Of course, with such a variety of vendors, the prices listed here might vary. We encourage you to shop around to get the best deals. And if you have questions about where to find any specific items, check out this guide to commonly requested items. Have recipes of your own? Share them in the comments or tweet them @DonorsChoose.

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