Monday, December 3, 2012

Great Uses for Already-Used Containers

Brace yourself for a mind-blowing post about... containers!  We all know that our therapy materials take a lot of abuse throughout the years and containers are broken, torn, and lost.  We also are a creative bunch and make many of our own materials.  So I wanted to share a few of the containers that I use to organize my room:

Almond Containers like these are great for storing tiny pieces of anything.  They also have a flip-top lid so you can easily poor and re-store all of the bits inside.  I use them to contain things like SuperDuper chips as seen in the photo.  (Cost: Almonds you healthy people already eat!)

Jewelry hangers like this one that I posted about last school year are great for storing decks of cards.  You can find them at Target and other stores and it can store up to 48 decks... (Cost: $7.00 at Target)
 It is a GREAT way to store those awesome decks from TpT SLPs as well:

Crystal Light plastic containers with lids (the ones that contain the big powder packets) are great for storing both large and small popsicle sticks.  You can place a label on the inside of the container for quick identification of the sticks inside. (Cost: Drinking Crystal Light, or finding somebody that does)

Pringles aren't just for snacking anymore.  Clean out and use the containers to hold stacking cups for sight words/vocab/artic words.  See this post for more on how to create the Artic Towers pictured here. (Cost: Eating Pringles... I get them from a teacher at my building that eats them!)

If you work with PECS symbols, you know how they can end up stuck to everything in your room but you can't manage to find one quickly if you need to for a lesson, etc.  I organize my extra PECS in "Really Useful Box"es.  These are the small ones I found at an office supply store.  The lids lock on and the boxes stack easily. (Cost: About $1 each for the small... they have several sizes).

Here are some other container ideas from Pinterest, etc.:
Coffee Containers: Use spray paint and a pretty polka dot label- great storage idea for little items.

Use juice or sports drink bottles to create "Search"/"Find It" bottles.  Good for language (as seen here) as well as artic!

Toy Containers: After your little one snags the keychain or awful tattoo, snag the container.  This is from the toy dispenser machine you seen in stores.  (Cost: 25-50 cents)

Coffee Can: Cover with paper/label.  Can be used for storing a game as seen here on the blog or for storing other small pieces/toys in your room.

Frosting Cans: Use to organize borders!  They are also great for holding other small trinkets!

What else do you Re-cycle as storage in your therapy room and/or home?  Share your comment below!


  1. Wow Danielle-these are great ideas! I have used Gatorade bottles to make the Find It game and I also love the jewelry organizer (I have one as well). Love the coffee and frosting container ideas. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Great ideas! I have a few empty crystal light containers. I'll have to make some popsicle stick games! I use grated parmesan cheese containers for small things, like the color sorting bears and stringing beads. You can open up the large side and shake them out.

  3. Love these ideas! Now I feel like I need to go organize my rooms!

  4. These are great ideas, but I strongly caution you about using containers that had food in them. There are many, many children with food allergies (my son is one of them!) who would react quite negatively if the containers were not thoroughly washed.

  5. I have a question about your Pick Sticks Following Directions game (in the crystal light containers). I see that some sticks are colored green and some are yellow. What do the colors represent? Do you have a list of the directions that you used to create the sticks?

  6. I also use the over the door shoe holders to store my Super Duper card decks and TPT card decks. When you work in a small space, you need to use every inch you can!

  7. Totally do the jewelry holder for card decks! Love you blog!

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