Classroom budgets are tight. Science activities require supplies and that can be hard on a tight budget. I jumped right in as the elementary science lab teacher, but had very little supplies. The district bought me two science carts and gave me a budget of $500. That money went fast. I was teaching in two different buildings and had over 600 students. I had to be creative. I looked at every lesson to see how I could modify the supplies. Not everything needed to be the fancy lab tools. Now I teach independently and that is a tight budget too. Here are some of my favorite tools to keep on hand. I try as much as I can to have things I can reuse. Easy to wash is a must too. I also keep an eye out at garage sales for vases, baby spoons, glasses, measuring tools, and anything I think has potential. It is also good to ask for donations.
I always keep mason jars of various sizes. Easy to wash and can handle different temperatures. I also like them for measuring. The clear glass is easy to see through. They are heavy and don't tip over easily.
Baby Bottles are fantastic for science. To learn more visit my blog "10 ways to use baby bottles in the science classroom."
Here are some other items I always keep stocked up.
Puppy Pads (for spills)
Laundry Detergent Scoops
Plastic Containers ( lunch meat, butter, yogurt)
Baby Soda Bottle Test Tubes