Creative Ways to Use Leftover Homeschool Supplies4 min read
With summertime on the horizon and kids abandoning their old bags on the floor, you may be wondering what to do with all of the old school materials that have accumulated around the house. This can be a significant issue year after year, especially if you store everything your children don’t utilise.
Fortunately, there are a number of entertaining things you can do with your old school supplies. Best of all, you’ll discover a few extra techniques to keep the kids occupied while getting rid of the old materials. So, get ready for a summer full of fun crafts to help you upgrade your kids’ stuff.
Your children’s learning areas may resemble the wreckage of a school supply tornado at the conclusion of the academic year. Broken crayon bits, stubby coloured pencil nubs, eraser-less pencils, half-filled notebooks, and odd sheets of loose-leaf paper can be found everywhere. What do you do with all of the extra homeschool supplies at the conclusion of the school year? But before that let’s see what we can find out!
1. Check Your Non-Consumable Supplies for Next Year
You spend a substantial amount of money on rulers, scissors, pencil cases, and sharpeners. Before they wear out, these non-consumable resources normally last a few years (or disappear with the mismatched single socks).
Non-consumables that don’t disappear ultimately break. Or, in the instance of your child’s ruler, the marks have gradually worn away over the years. Cull through those non-consumable school supplies at the end of the school year. Make a list of the ones that need to be replaced and put the rest away until the following school year.
2. Recycle Paper
Remove any remaining supplies that can be reused the next school year. This means you may put all of your unused notebooks, loose-leaf papers, and lab books together. As a result, set aside all unused notebooks, loose-leaf sheets, unopened pencil packets, and lab notebooks until another school year. They’ll help you save money throughout the summer’s back-to-school purchasing spree!
3. Make Journals
Do you recall those half-used notebooks you set away earlier? You can use them to make journals for your kids. Your children can write about their family vacation, summer camp, or places they desire to visit in their journals. Use your imagination if journals aren’t appealing to your children. Make address books for them to use when writing letters to relatives and friends. Allow your children to repurpose old notebooks into short stories, graphic novels, or art diaries.
4. Crayon Candles
You’re missing out if you’ve never tried making crayon candles. These are fantastic! They’re simple to make and are a great way to utilise up those broken crayons that your kids bring home this summer. You may make these in whatever colours you have on hand, and you can also make them layered. You may even add natural ingredients to them to give them a nice aroma.
5. DIY Recycled Paper
You may be surprised to learn that you can produce paper out of paper. That may appear to be redundant, yet it is true. If your kids have a lot of graded papers that you’re about to trash away, turn them into the recycled paper instead. This may be a lengthy process, but having the ability to tell people that you produce your own paper is well worth it. Plus, you could put all of that paper into a lovely journal cover and give it as a present.
6. Coloured Pencil Jewellery
Make gorgeous jewellery out of those left-over coloured pencils – or the ones that are too short to sharpen anymore. To string them up on jewellery wire, you’ll need to drill a little hole in them, and when you’re done, they’ll form the most gorgeous jewellery you’ve ever seen. They’re bright and have a lovely rustic quality to them.
7. Create a DIY cable box
This DIY cable box is an excellent guide if you’re searching for a way to store wires when you’re not using them and remember which cable performs what. This container is not only functional, but it is also appealing to the eye.
8. Fill a vase with coffee beans for your brushes
Another innovative solution to store your paintbrushes may be found here. You may keep your brushes erect in a vase, a cup, a mug, or any other container by adding coffee beans first. You could also use dry beans or beads if you don’t want to use coffee beans. Glass globs would also work well. Consider how lovely that would be!