Bright Idea-Trash Buckets

It's Bright Idea time again, friends!! I love this linky!

If you ever watched 30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray,
you know she always had a trusty garbage bowl
 on the counter to throw away the trash.

Well, Rachael's kitchen garbage bowl inspired my classroom trash buckets.

I keep a stack of trash buckets on the shelf,
and whenever we work on an activity that requires cutting,

we break out the trash buckets. 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!!

One more thing: Having garbage bowls around comes in handy
when you need one for a science experiment! 
Love, love, love these garbage bowls!

Give them a try! I think you'll love them, too!

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  1. We definitely use this idea in our classroom-- I use sand pail buckets and they are great! So much time is saved from kids having to get up to throw away trash (and stop by a desk or 2 to chat! Grrr... LOL!). Love this idea!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  2. This is on my list! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love this idea!!! I am struggling to keep my middle school classroom neat with all my interactive notebook activities! PLUS it will cut down on my "I was just throwing this away" wanderers.

  4. super smart Laura, I always see this and think its so smart and then forget to do it. Next year for sure!
    Teaching and Much Moore

  5. Great idea, Laura! Thank you :)