Teaching Tip – Clothespins and Binder Rings

Clothespins and binder rings are quite handy to have around the classroom. They are relatively inexpensive and can be used throughout the entire school year without having to replace them.

Here’s a way to assign your students to reading centres for the day.

All you need to do is write the name of a student on a clothespin. Once you’ve done this for the entire class, you have an easy way of keeping track of quite a few things.

I love how easy a system this is. The clothespins can be rotated each day so the students can be cycled through all the centres during the week. It is easy for them to see where they have to go and what needs to be done.

I also like the use of binder clips here. What an ingenious way to maximize the space in the classroom and keep everything organized.

Here’s another idea I found on PreKinders
You can use clothespins in a Kindergarten classroom because the students require fine motor skill practice. I like this letter matching activity and can think of a few ways that it could be adapted for other activities.

Let’s get back to binder clips.

With a deck of index cards, a whole punch, and a simple binder clip, you can make a portable study device. Your students can take home sight words, spelling lists, and vocabulary words to practise at their leisure.

Do you have any creative ways to use clothespins and binder clips? 

Please leave a comment below.

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2 responses to “Teaching Tip – Clothespins and Binder Rings”

  1. Hi Chase .. those are great ideas .. the index cards are great – you can put coloured ones in too ..

    I have to say I haven't any new ideas .. but I might use the index card ideas in another situation .. ie an elderly person – to stimulate a memory, a place, an idea etc ..

    I'd like to say clothes pegs (as we call them) – but I think elderlies would pinch their fingers!!

    You might like my A – Z Challenge this year …

    Cheers Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Things are so hectic right now in my schedule and in life. I wanted to do Script Frenzy but I find that I just don't have the time this year.

    Have for with the annual A to Z challenge!