Task boxes are one of the most effective and easy-to-implement hands-on resources for any classroom. They can cover a variety of skills and meet students at their instructional level.
But, while they are able to be used for years, they do require some assembly.
So, what do you need to create task boxes for your classroom? The seven supplies below are a must!
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7 Must-Have Supplies for Creating Task Boxes
1 – Cardstock
Stock up on white and colorful cardstock when creating task boxes. The heavier paper will make your manipulatives stronger and help them last for a couple of years.
My students actually love the colors so it’s worth keeping some on hand!
2 – A High-Quality Printer
One of the best investments I ever made was in a high-quality printer. Whichever one you get should print images true to color and have ink that dries quickly. It should also be able to handle thicker paper like cardstock.
Since ink can get pricy, there are some programs like Instant Ink from HP that can save you money and make sure you never run out. However, there are many high-quality printers out there so take time to research which one will work best for you and your budget.
3 – A Laminator
Imagine a world where you can laminate all of your teaching materials without waiting a week to get them back. When you get a personal laminator that dream can become a reality!
Choose one that can handle thicker pages and that has a competitive price for their laminating pockets or film. Ready-to-print task box materials usually come in 8.5″ x 11″ size, so the laminator should be able to accommodate that size.
4 – Sturdy Containers
Task boxes can take a beating throughout the school year when they’re used continuously in the classroom. It’s important to protect your materials – and your time! – by storing the tasks in sturdy containers.
Clear pencil cases work well and are relatively inexpensive. Just be sure that whatever type of container you use has a flat side so that you can label it.
5 – A Paper Cutter
Let’s face it, cutting out the pieces for task boxes can take a long time. There are usually many small parts that need to be cut out for each activity.
While scissors are always an option, a paper cutter can make your life so much easier! You’ll be able to cut and trim multiple pages at once which is especially helpful if you’re creating two of the same type of activity. A paper cutter is a must!
6 – Hook and Loop Closures
7 – Binder Rings
Binder rings are perfect for keeping task box cards organized and together. Simply punch a hole in the top corner and you’re ready to go. If students need to work on a card separate from the others, just remove it from the binder ring.
Creating task boxes for your classroom does require some effort, but it’s a job that will continue to pay off throughout the school year and beyond.