responsibility in a bucket {kind of}


Things end up on the floor.


Every day.

It’s a fact of life when you’re doing learning all day long with lots of little bodies and different personalities, learning styles and levels of responsibility.

So, what’s a teacher to do with all of those floor-found things?

How about NOTHING?

That’s right. I highly recommend putting a system into place that your kinders can use by themselves to get what they need and turn in things that are found. That way you can focus more mental energy on the things that matter, like those little people. Not their crayons.

No matter if you do community supplies or individual pencil boxes, having clearly marked places to put things that your kinders find on the floor will come in handy! Model, teach and praise to get the ball rolling on utilizing the system and then let it work for you! I keep extra staples and a new roll of tape all in the same place that kinders put lost things so our stapler helper has easy access and can train the next helper (all in the polka dot box).

And our rule is… if you need a {insert object}… check the lost bin!

These buckets came from the dollar section of Target. {score!} We use a similar style for our extra supplies stored up in the cupboards and for our lost math materials too.


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Are you a fan of putting responsibility for classroom care onto your kinders too?

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– Leslie

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About Leslie @KindergartenWorks

Leslie is the author of KindergartenWorks. She teaches kindergarten students how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys graphic design, learning new things and sharing with teachers. Google+

  • Crystal White

    Great idea! I have a Crayon Orphanage for all the lost and abandoned crayons. When students need a color, they go to the orphanage and ‘adopt’ one!

    My Kinder-Garden

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Super cute way to make it happen in your room Crystal!
      – Leslie

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  • Janie H

    Thanks for the lost labels. This was on my summer “to do” list.

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      You’re welcome Janie, glad I could help scratch this off your list. Enjoy more of your summer!
      – Leslie

  • Heather

    I have a question. Can you create a similar label for extra glue and lost glue. I love your labels and have been using them. I have now noticed the only thing they keep asking me about is glue. :)

    • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

      Ha! Of course, they’d ask… wouldn’t they :) I can definitely do that. Thanks for asking.
      – Leslie

      • heather

        great thanks. Just let me know when it would be available and where. Your stuff is amazing by the way.

        • Leslie @KindergartenWorks

          You can download it again from the shop you originally got it from. Glue is in there now!
          – Leslie

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