Target has quite a selection of educational items in their dollar section...and they are literally one dollar each...
The items of interest include:
Flashcards and corresponding activity books for every possible theme / concept...
Insects, Dinosaurs, Space, U.S. Animals, World Animals, World Landmarks, Time, Same and Different, Numbers, Alphabet, Rhyming Words, U.S. Presidents, Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Flags of the World, Phonics I, Phonics II, Colors and Shapes...
Some of these flashcards could work well in continents boxes...
Namely, U.S. Animals, World Animals, World Landmarks, and Flags of the World.
The Insects, Dinosaurs, Space, U.S. Animals, World Animals, and U.S. Presidents cards could all be easily converted into three part cards if you buy two sets of the cards or if you buy single sets, scan them, and make your own second sets for control of error...
The Phonics II cards are all blends and digraphs, so if you are needing work for your children that cover blends and digraphs, here you go!
The Numbers cards feature numbers and blue dots so they could work well as an extension after a child has done their Montessori inspired work using their wooden numbers and circle counters...
Even if you are not normally a big fan of workbooks, if you have to travel or go to a doctor's appointment, these activity books could come in handy, especially the ones like Space, Animals, or Dinosaurs...
If you are a homeschool family who uses Sue Patrick's Workbox System, these activity books might work very well for your family...
In addition to the themed activity books, they also have a few made by Crayola...one activity book in particular allows for open ended creativity called Squiggles and Doodles...
In this book, a child is given a squiggle or a doodle and has to finish it and make their own picture integrating the squiggle or doodle. Could really see a child doing this as they are sitting on a plane or waiting for their turn at the dentist's office...
Cut outs - Weather and Holidays
The cut outs could work well if you need things for your children to do Montessori inspired push pin work.
Foam clocks in different colors
If you are working on time and want an extension to go with time, these clocks could work for you.
Dry erase charts
Again, either for variety or if you have to spend some time waiting to go somewhere, these could come in handy.
Classic books for read-alouds / bedtime stories, or for independent reading for older children...
Small balls - would be great for young children to use at the park...
Straws - to use for counting by tens
Alphabet rubber stamps - the alphabet stamps are very tiny and easily fit onto a tray, along with some paper for a simple stamping work. they are great for developing the pincer grip, as they are so tiny that the only way to hold them is to use a pincer grip.
Would imagine that an older child might enjoy using these, too, as they are tiny and the font is not as babyish as with some stamps...
Could see with an older child, say 6-9, using them to stamp out a sentence to go along with a book they have written or a cartoon that they have drawn.
Would also be a cool tie in if you discuss the history of printmaking, as they are similar to what would have been used as stamps to print headlines for a newspaper years ago.
Magnetic letters and numbers
Ribbons - great for tying or braiding work.
Lined boards for printing practice
U.S. - 50 Great States
All about Me
Small socks for matching / sorting work or for children to use to clothespin to a small clothesline
Pom poms in rainbow colors and different sizes for dry transfer work, as well as sorting, counting, matching work.
Also, a huge selection of Dr. Seuss items, most notably:
Neat little bags that tie in with the following books: Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who.
The bags are cute, colorful, and seemed quite durable and washable. If you are trying to reduce / reuse / recycle, these bags could really come in handy...
They could work well as lunch sacks for when you are on the go.
These bags could also work well to carry library books, or even as a small overnight bag or children's carry-on bag.
If your family enjoys reading Dr. Seuss, you might enjoy some of the additional Dr. Seuss items they had in stock, such as the stickers, small notebooks, or the pins.
We did not need all of the items I have listed, but we did need a few...so even if you need just a few of these items, it is worth the trip to Target to check out the dollar section.