Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Just Can't Resist a Good Container

Is it just me?  When I see a container, I see possible potential.  I just MIGHT be able to use it for something someday.  I'll admit, it's a bit of an addiction.  My hubby thinks my problem might be classified with the level of hoarder, but I disagree completely!!! If only he could appreciate my visions for these containers as nothing short of pure genius.  ;)  Well, I did it.  I finally figured out how to use the Crystal Light containers I've been hoarding saving for months.

I use pop-cycle sticks with the kids name on them to draw names to answer questions.  This keeps them on their toes because they could be called at any time share their knowledge.  (okay, okay, I'll admit it.  I sometimes tweak my level of questioning depending on whose name I call.)  I really liked this system, but the problem I had was I didn't have anywhere to put the sticks of the kids I had already called.  If I put them back in the cup I used, I would call them again before their classmates had a chance to be called on.  If I laid them down, I would have to go back and gather them from the various places I set them down as I moved around the room.  At last, those Crystal Light container came to my rescue.

I taped two containers together using colored electrical tape to go with my color coded homeroom system.  I cut a hole in one of the lids and wrote "Have Been Drawn" on the lid.  When I pull a stick and call on a kiddo, I put it in the have been drawn side.  When the side I am drawing from is empty and the lidded side is full, I move the lid to the empty container, and I'm ready to go again with one side full of sticks ready to be drawn.  This has worked great for me, and helps me to be sure I have called on everyone. 

So tell me.  What containers do you save and how have you used them?  Please tell me I'm not the only one that hoards, is addicted to, is obsessed with, ingeniously saves containers.


  1. Amy- I planning to feature you this Friday for my Followers Feature! Thanks for signing up. Will you email me at

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  2. I have so many containers of every shape, size, color, design, you name it! It's getting a little out of hand. You are not alone!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  3. So glad I'm not the only one Sara! My favorite are my hexagonal prism snickers containers from Sams. The kids put coupons in them for my Friday prize drawing. Thanks so much for following my blog! I'm on my way to check yours out. Amy

  4. Wow, that sounds so simple and efficient, what a great idea! I wish I had cool containers like those :(
    What I do have is the entire top shelf of my closet covered in cereal boxes, (for books or files), baskets of those big pinecones that are great for crafts, bins of popsicle sticks that I washed and saved all summer, stacks of egg cartons, and an assortment of plastic containers that I'm pretty sure are going to be super useful as paint trays, plus some random scrap lumber in my garage that I imagine I'll be able to make shelves with when I actually have a classroom.
    So, nope you're not alone. ;)

  5. Oh, this is genius! I lay mine down, too, and I occasionally find sticks that weren't put back. Oops! I was thinking of doing an empty can with a toilet paper roll inside to hold either the ones I did or didn't draw, but I like this so much better because I use the larger tongue depressor sticks like you. Guess I need to start drinking Crystal Light!

    Fifth in the Middle

    1. Thank you so much Diane. I love how you decorated them! I really liked your post about it. Thanks for linking back to me. I really appreciate it! Amy

  6. I use popsicle sticks too and I use those little buckets you can find in the dollar section at Target. They are exactly alike so I just put a green round sticker on one and a pink round sticker on the other - at the top... I just folded it over so I can see it no matter which way the bucket is turned. I just remember that pinks are the ones to be called on and greens are the ones already called on. I also (we're talking kindergarten here) have trained them to know that if they are not sitting nicely when I pull their stick I will put it back and pick another. Works like a charm!