Back to School Decorating and Wish Lists with Oriental Trading

Hello Friends,

Oriental Trading contacted me and asked if I would be willing to do a review on some of their products.  They have a great link for teacher supplies, so I agreed. Here are my reviews...

The first item is this CUTE Chalkboard Safari Animal bulletin board set. I am using black/teal and chalkboard items for my decor and this set was PERFECT for adding some fun to my reading corner. It is not completely finished. I still want to add a little table on which to place a CD player for my kiddos to use for LISTEN TO A STORY. But.... I am loving this little corner and those cute animals, letters, and trim!

This bulletin board set is BIG! I used the extra animals to add some cuteness to my storage shelves.

And...... enough to add some decorations to my birthday door.... not finished, of course. After the circles are all up and once I meet my kiddos, I plan to take photos of them and attach to the circles.

I am also loving these poster sized chalkboard animals with their simple sayings - Be Yourself, Be Creative, Have Courage, Stand Tall, Dream Big, Be Yourself. They are large enough to put above my word wall (My word wall is not finished yet!) and my kiddos will be able to see them. Oriental Trading suggests that you laminate them for durability. I did not laminate them because the glare of lamination sometimes bothers me. Even without lamination, they still have a shiny surface.... :)

I like for my kids to wear name tags at the beginning of the year; especially to their "specials" classes. I also like to have name tags available for any subs I might have. In the past, I have attached name tags to lanyards, but the lanyards have always been too long for my kiddos and ended up being a "spin" toy, so I often stopped using them early in the year. This year, I found these chalkboard safari animal lanyards. I think they will be large enough to fit over the heads of my kinders, but also snug enough that they won't be able to spin them around their neck! (fingers crossed) I added these chalkboard safari labels to the end. I don't remove the backing from the label. Instead I punch a hole in the top and insert the hook. I created name labels by using an Avery template #18660. They are clear labels, so the animal faces show through. Laminating the labels will give them extra durability.
I am looking forward to trying these dry erase markers with ERASERS in my small groups. I like the fact that they have erasers attached. No more looking for erasers or using fingers to erase. Since I haven't used them with students yet, I am unsure as to how long they will last, but using them in small groups should lengthen their life.

I am working on putting together my birthday bags that I give each of my students for their birthday. I still have a few more things to add, but these birthday pencils and Pete the Cat birthday cards will definitely be a part of them. I also found these birthday crowns . I have always given my kiddos a crown to wear for the day, but trying to measure their head and then stapling the ends together has always been a headache... Without fail, I would have to remove the staples and try again causing numerous staple holes in the crown. BUT these crowns have a velcro closure! My kiddos can decorate their crown and when they are finished, I can easily fit it on their head. Yay!

One thing that I am going to try this year is a wish list from Oriental Trading. They asked me if I would like to try it and I said that I would. I was a bit nervous about how it would all work, but it actually is really easy. To create your wish list, you log in (or create an account if you do not have one). Then when you click on a product, you will see two choices - add to cart OR add to wish list. When you click Wish List your item is saved and becomes an online registry. Once your wish list is complete (or even before you are finished), you can click SHARE. A small box will appear. Click and choose "URL" and you'll get a link that you can share with parents or anyone that you would like to see your list. Easy peasey!

Here is my Wish List link. Feel free to visit and get some ideas.... :)

So that's it for now, my friends.

Until next time....


Just so you know.....I was provided the Back to School products featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes. Please know that all opinions offered in this post are honest and completely mine.

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