Thursday, July 16, 2015

Task Card Storage Solution


One of my goals for the summer was to revamp and reorganize some things in my classroom.  I bought so many task cards last school year and my growing collection was in some serious need of organization.

Here is an email I received on the last day of school.


Those puppies were just calling my name, so I sent a rapid reply to claim them. I mean, who can let ten good clementine boxes go to waste?

At first, I had no idea how I was going to use the boxes. They sat in a pile in my dining room just waiting for a purpose. Then it struck me over a bowl of breakfast cereal. Those things look like they will fit my task card file folders. Sure enough, they did! It was a PERRRRRRFECT fit!

The following pictures will show you how I transformed clementine boxes into task card holders.


First, you will want to pick up a few cans of spray paint. I bought mine at Walmart for $3.86 per can.  Remove all of the plastic netting on the clementine boxes and pull out the loose staples. I used a small flat head screw driver.


Then, take everything outside and spray away! Use gloves if you want to protect your manicure. I learned that lesson the hard way with my first summer project. I decided to spray only the outside of my clementine boxes. 


While you are waiting for the spray paint to dry, get your task cards organized. These plastic file folders are coupon organizers from the Dollar Tree. I have also seen them in the Dollar Spot at Target. They are a fairly standard size, measuring seven inches in length. These coupon organizers fit perfectly in the clementine boxes. I used my handy dandy label machine to make some labels for each set of task cards.


Then, you will want to make some labels for the front of each clementine task card box. I made mine on the computer with this adorable monster clip art from Whimsy Clips. I laminated them with self-laminating sheets from the Dollar Tree (pictured below). 

Once the spray paint is completely dry, clip the labels to the front of each box using small binder clips.


Then you are all set! The colors and possibilities are endless! Enjoy!

6 comments:

  1. Very cute! I need to something like this!!

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  2. You are so crafty and creative!!

    I love this idea and all the clear pictures you took for it. And I love love love love LABEL MAKERS!! Squee! I wish they had different fonts... like ALL the KG fonts would be great. :)

    The Whimsical Teacher

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    1. Ha ha! I KNOW! Would't that be awesome to have a KG font label maker?!? Dream come true! ;-)

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  3. I love these! I can't wait to make some of my own. I currently store my task cards in a storage bin. Then I have to dig through the pile to find what I am looking for. This way is so much more organized. Thanks for sharing!

    Kim
    Quinnessential Lessons

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  4. I love this idea! So clever, Chrissie! I never have my task cards organized very well, always falling out of binders.

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  5. This is such a wonderful idea. I have so many task cards but forget about them because they are "neatly" filed away. This a great way to keep them organized and ready and at your fingertips. Thank you so much:) I am new to your blog, so glad I found you!

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