wish list

I’m always have an ever-changing (and ever growing) wish list compiled of interesting and inexpensive goodies that I can add to ny daycare.

The list is made up of  Everyday Stuff  like craft materials and art supplies, and then there’s The Good Stuff - the harder to find, unique items that hide out in attics, storage rooms and grandma’s cupboards.  When I run across The Good Stuff, I feel like I’ve hit the jack-pot. :)

Here’s a list of things that I’m keeping my eyes peeled for right now. Please take a peek and keep us in mind if you’re ever tossing or donating any of the following items.  We’d love to intercept and give your “stuff” a second life here!

I’ve split the list into categories: The Good StuffTreasures, Craft Supplies,  Art supplies, Containers, and Instruments (non-musical and musical).

The Good Stuff

  • balance scale (the old-fashioned kind for measuring dry items)
  • pulleys
  • sewing basket
  • mortar & pestle
  • large magnet (doesn’t have to be horse-shoe shaped, just nice and strong)
  • wooden clothes pegs (the old-fashioned kind, not the ones with a spring)
  • eye-droppers (or medicine bottles with a dropper i.e. infant Tylenol)
  • plastic syringes
  • aquarium stones
  • rotary phone
  • manual type-writer
  • jewellery box
  • magnifying glass
  • jumbo calculator
  • silk scarves
  • wooden crates
  • milk crates
  • watering can
  • tiny glass bottles and jars
  • chalk board brush
  • felt-board & pieces
  • flat sheets
  • plastic table cloths
  • rain barrel (with or without spigot)
  • large water jug with spigot
  • steering wheel
  • mail-box
  • set of taps/spout for outdoor kitchen
  • couple of old tires
  • car mat (area rug type with roads or activities on it)
  • small wheelbarrow
  • Children’s song-book for the piano
Treasures
  • buttons
  • beads
  • glass beads & baubles
  • sea shells
  • sea glass
  • costume jewellery
  • glass or plastic “gem stones”
  • marbles
  • acorns/chestnuts
  • magnets
  • teeny collectibles & miniature sets of anything (animals, dinosaurs, sea-life, houses…)
  • scrabble tiles
  • board-game pieces

Craft Supplies

  • artificial flowers and leaves
  • tissue paper
  • bubble wrap
  • ribbon/fabric scraps
  • stamps/ink pad
  • spray bottles & squirt bottles
  • wine corks
  • feathers
  • “easter grass” (that colourful plastic grassy stuff)
  • pipe cleaners, felt, foam shapes/letters, pom-poms, jingle bells, sparkly stuff etc
  • stickers
  • paper plates, coffee filters,
  • crêpe paper streamers
  • card-stock
  • spools (wood or plastic)
Art Supplies
  • paint brushes (any size)
  • white glue, glitter glue, modge-podge
  • tape!! (painter’s, masking, scotch, coloured etc.)
  • tempera paints, finger-paint
  • food colouring
  • Easel
Containers
  • sorting trays (wood or plastic)
  • muffin tins
  • ice-cube trays
  • jewellery box
  • sewing box
  • wood baskets/bowls
  • plastic storage bins and containers
  • large cardboard boxes (if you get a new fridge or stove)
  • mason jars
Instruments
  • tweezers (metal or plastic)
  • tongs
  • stethoscope
  • chopsticks
  • golf tees
  • castanets
  • finger cymbals
  • maracas
  • tambourine
  • wind-chimes
  • jingle bells
  • triangle
  • harmonica
I plan to add to and update the list periodically, and I will cross out items as we acquire them.  I’m sure there are things that I’ve forgotten to add, so when you’re “cleaning house”, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have something that’s not on the list, but you think might be of interest to us.
Thanks for keeping us in mind!
Yours in play,
Jackie & The Hooligans!