Want to let your parents know what supplies your classroom is in need of at open house? Display your items on a 'giving tree'! Let parents 'pick' an apple from your tree or bushel of apples to take home and return with your desired product.
In my classroom, I know from the get go that I will need certain food items to use as manipulatives for our math units. There are also things that I go through yearly without fail, such as packing tape. Let parents know about these items right away so they can contribute. Often times, parents who work during school hours want to contribute in more tangible ways since they can not attend events in person or take time off to volunteer. They love knowing exactly what your classroom needs are so that they can help out in their own way.
Use these apples to display on your white board or make a poster to use year after year.
Included you will find my examples of donations I am asking for, as well as blank copies of the apples to make your own. There are two different versions of the apples… one that parents will take with the item clearly pictured on the front (you'll want to laminate this one so you can keep using it!), a black line apple so the parents can write their name down to commit to bringing that item, and a poster to display by your tree or bushel with instructions for parents.
*If you have any suggestions as to items you would like me to include in my examples, please let me know and I will update this product! I only used the specific ones I will be needing this year, but I know that each classroom has different needs. I would love to add more examples if I know what the people want! I will send out a notification of an update so you can re-download the product and have exactly what you need :)