I love home improvement stores. (No doubt, it’s because my home needs a lot of improvement.) I go into them frequently enough to know exactly where to find, say, an orbital sander. Oh yes. I have power tools, and I know how to use them.
It’s amazing what you can find in home improvement stores that can help you in the classroom! Here’s an article with a great list of items, but the list is by no means exhaustive. After all, there’s a lot of stuff in those stores! Personally, I would add
Washers, bolts, and nuts in different sizes. Use them for sorting and for work with magnets. Students could also screw nuts onto bolts for fine-motor work!
Drywall tape. This is drywall tape, and it’s adhesive—like a big sticker! Put it in your art center for youngsters to experiment with.
Empty paint cans. The quart size ones are perfect for storing markers, colored pencils, or scissors.
What classroom items have you found in home improvement stores?