Back to School is right around the corner and naturally, parents everywhere are beginning to gather school supplies.
What you might not know is that, teachers can be very specific on the items they do and don’t want.
I don’t know about you, but I’d rather buy school supplies my kids will actually use or that will benefit the teacher and class.
With that being said, we recently did a Facebook poll of items teachers DON’T want parents to donate to their classrooms and here is what they said…
5 Things Teachers Don’t Want Parents to Buy This School Year
Cra-Z-art or Rose Art anything
Look, I know Cra-Z-art and Rose Art crayons, colored pencils and markers tend to be cheaper but save yourself, your child and your child’s teacher from the hassle and just go with Crayola.
If you’ve ever used Cra-Z-art or Rose Art supplies, you know they just aren’t the same. The crayons don’t color as well and they just don’t last as long. Spend the extra $0.25-$0.50 to get Crayola and everyone will be happy.
We’ve talked about this before but scented glue sticks are a big no-no from teachers.
The reason? Kids are tempted to smell and/or eat the glue sticks. To prevent this, just skip on these (even if they look cool).
Off brand dry erase (non-expo) markers
I know one of the most expensive items on school supply lists are Expo dry erase markers but honestly, they are more expensive for a reason.
According to teachers, off brand dry erase markers actually stain and ruin teachers dry erase boards.
Pro tip: Check your local Costco or Sam’s Club. They sell large packs of the Expo brand for really cheap. Also, you can sometimes find the Expo brand in individual packs at Dollar Tree for $1.25.
Novelty erasers may look cute but they are more for fun than anything. They don’t erase well and actually tear paper, cause a mess and just make life crazy hard for teachers.
Skip the cheap novelty erasers and opt for the standard pink pearl pencil erasers.
Say it with me – not all pencils are created equal!
I think it’s safe to say, if you can find them for a good deal or are willing to pay the price, Ticonderoga pencils are the only way to go as far as teachers are concerned.
Basically, any other pencil breaks easily and breaks school sharpeners. Mechanical pencils break easily and kids tend to just play with the lead.
You can grab a nice box of the Ticonderoga #2 pencils on Amazon here for under $12.
Now that you know the top 5 items to NOT get for your child’s class, I wanted to share a great tip from teachers…
If you can, rather than donating school supplies, donate a gift card to your child’s teacher so the teacher can get the exact school supplies they need/want for their classroom.
You can also just stick to the school supply list if needed too!
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