What Works for Me-Garbage Bowls

Have you ever watched 30 Minute Meals with Racheal Ray?
If you have, you know she always has a trusty garbage bowl
 on the counter to throw away the trash.

Well, Racheal's kitchen garbage bowl inspired my classroom garbage bowl. 
I keep a stack of garbage bowls on the shelf,
and whenever we work on an activity that requires cutting,

we break out the garbage bowls. It's that simple.

The kiddos know where they are,

 and the table helpers for that particular week grab the bowls.

I love an easy solution!

Now, you don't have to buy an official garbage bowl.
You can buy a popcorn bowl from DOLLAR TREE like I did.
Much cheaper and very colorful!

My garbage bowl rules: NO food and NOTHING sticky.
Just paper. That's it!

Take a look at the little bit of floor you can see.
 No Paper! Hallelujah!!

 If you decide to get these particular popcorn bowls,
be prepared for the many ways your kiddos will think of to use them.
They're great hats and so much fun to balance on your head.
This one is hiding from the camera.

This sweet one thought she was in trouble. She was not!
I complimented her on her balancing skills, instead!
Love the look on her precious face!

Finally, we have, grinning for the camera. 
I already miss these faces!!

After awhile, the novelty will wear off,
and the bowl will be used for its original purpose.
Thank goodness!

Love, love, love these garbage bowls!

A great one from Tammy at First Grade at Storybook Cafe!


  1. That's a really good idea! I always end up with scraps all over the floor after a project (and of course no one will claim it as their mess!)

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. I love this idea! I think this just went on my to-do list!

    Thank you for sharing this idea! =)

    Heather's Heart

  3. Two brilliant posts right in a row! The trash bowl is fab . . . this would make cleaning up after an art project a snap! And, as for the crayon experiment, I am still in awe :) Not only are you super smart to do this in the summer so they are ready to go for next year, but you made them outside. I am so trying this (it's going to be 100 degrees this weekend). So glad I came by for a little visit today :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  4. This is an awesome idea! Thank you for sharing!

    005 Watkins' Way

  5. um hello! SO smart! I watch Racheal Ray all the time! Ha! Never thought to use one at school! Definitely going to do this one!
    Rowdy in Room 300

  6. Love this idea...going to get trash bowls this weekend!!
    Mrs. Plant's Press

  7. What a brilliant idea!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I could use your help! Check out my latest post ♥

  8. What a great idea about the garbage bowls...why haven't I thought of that?!?! Thanks for sharing! Will definitely be doing that this year!

  9. I do love this idea!! My teaching neighbor uses this in her classroom & it really helps reduce the amount of trash that ends up on the floor. You just reminded me to buy some of these for next year. Thanks for sharing!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  10. Thanks for the post today. I use a small trash can when I am scrapbooking why have I not thought about doing that for my students. Thanks for the idea. I will definitely use it next year.


  11. This is a brilliant idea!! Adding them to my list. Thanks!

    Apples and Papers

  12. Genius! I actually just found 5 big blue bowls in my basement yesterday that will be perfect for this.



  13. Why haven't I thought of that? I do that all time when I'm cooking. Thanks for the tip!
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    First with Franklin

  14. What a great idea and I love Rachel. Thanks for entering my giveaway good luck!

    First Grade @ Storybook Cafe

  15. I am loving your garbage bowls! Adding them to my list! :)

    A Pirates Life for Us

  16. That's a VERY good idea! Thanks for sharing.

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

  17. I saw this idea at the beginning of the year. My classroom has been so much cleaner!! Love it!!

  18. Totally tried this with my middle school kiddos when we did a station activity that involved cutting. Totally worked and kept the floor clean. What was more amazing to me was that they cleaned the floor around them and put it in the garbage bowl. I guess not having to make the vast track across the room to throw it away was the trick to get them to claim it and take care of it! Thanks for the idea! It was so simple and yet so brilliant!

  19. Saw your idea on Pinterest. Bought some garbage bowls today at Dollar Tree to try out with my middle schoolers.