I promise this is not your typical school supply list. But these are things that are on my school supply list for preschool and 1st grade this year! (And the older kids will appreciate them too!) They are definite must-haves for me! This supply list will get your multi-sensory learning experience fully prepped and ready to go!
Before I share the list, let me just get this off my chest.
You can not homeschool for free.
Everything costs money.
You can choose not to buy pre-made curricula, but you will very likely spend money elsewhere. It’s just up to you what you spend that money on.
For my preschooler I don’t buy a lot of pre-made things. Because of her special needs, most things we have had access to do not fit her abilities. I create most of her activities myself and use great ideas from the internet. Last year, I did not buy my kindergartener any pre-made curricula. She would have hated it anyway being so anti-workbook, so I was saving myself some money there.
However, I do not even come close to homeschooling for free.
Because instead of curricula these 100+ things are on my homeschool school supply list. They are not your typical school supplies, but you will find that having them around makes school so much more fun! Plus, if you stock up and have these on hand you will be able to do the majority of those awesome things that you have found on Pinterest.
Don’t worry about the size of the list, most of them are things that you would find around your house anyway.
If you find that there are a lot of things on this list that you don’t have, start budgeting for them now and keep this list in mind when you see great sales. With a pantry and craft cupboard stocked you will be able to accomplish pretty much every preschool through 1st grade activity that you desire.
I don’t expect you to remember everything on this list, so I’ve provided a free printable for you at the end.
What you can do with them:
What you can do with them:
From the toy aisle:
For a light table:
a large flat plastic box with lid
Check out this fantastic Pinterest board with light table ideas! (We haven’t done one yet, but it’s in my plans for the upcoming year.)
For a sensory bin:
another large flat plastic box with lid
What you you can do with a sensory bin:
From the home & beauty aisles:
liquid laundry starch
Check out this great Pinterest board full of ideas for using these!
Follow Kim- Life Over C’s’s board Dough, Doh and more Play dough on Pinterest.
From the grocery store:
Cream of Tartar
Chia or flax seeds
Ideas for using these supplies:
You can download your free multi-sensory school supply shopping list here: