Top 20 Teacher Buys for Amazon Prime Day

It’s Amazon Prime Time!

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This is that one time of the year… Who am I kidding, we all love to shop on Amazon year round. Prime Time (a.k.a. Amazon Prime Day) is an exciting time to get great prices on many of the teacher goodies that we absolutely love to buy and use.

I listed a few teacher faves that you might want to be on the look out for during Prime Day on July 15th and 16th. I don’t know if/that they will be on sale or discounted, these are just my recommendations for items that you may love to have. Consider this your quick, go-to, shopping list.

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Here are my top 20 teacher buys! They are in no particular order.

# 1 Epic Pencil Sharpener

I own this pencil sharpener. Correction, I LOVE this pencil sharpener! This was a Prime purchase about two years ago, and dare I say that I nearly came to tears when I ordered. The full story slips my mind, but I believe that someone was raving about it. I accidentally stumbled upon this on sale during Amazon Prime Day and pounced on it! (There are no true accidents. Things happen for a reason for our good.) No regrets. This sharpener is the bomb dot com! Side note: My students are not allowed to touch this pencil sharpener. It’s MINE! ha aha

X-Acto Electric Pencil Sharpener

# 2 Portable Laminator

I don’t know how teachers pre-portable laminators made it in the world of teaching! My laminator is everything. My next step is to buy a second one so that I can leave it IN the classroom instead of toting mine back and forth.

An image of a Scotch brand laminator.  It is white with green trim around the areas that the paper enters/exits.

Scotch Laminator

Scotch Laminating Sheets

# 3 HP Insta Ink Printer

You will likely wonder how you ever existed without Insta Ink once you get the hang of it. No more driving to Target or Wal-Mart at 8:00 at night- right before they close- to get ink. Not another moment where you only need more yellow ink, but nothing will print until you replace that one color.

With Insta Ink you will have to pay a monthly fee (very small considering the actual cost of ink cartridges from the store) for ink services and you may be limited on how many pages you print. All of this depends on what level of service you select, so you can choose the plan that best suits your needs. The kicker is that the ink levels are monitored by HP and when you need more ink (BEFORE it ever runs out), it magically appears at your front door. I think that you will love it!!

An image of a sleek, black printer by Hewlett Packard.  A brochure for $5 off of Insta Ink is pictured in front of the HP Envy 5055 printer.

HP Envy 5055 Wireless All in One Printer with Insta Ink

# 4 Stools for Reading/Math Table

I don’t own these stools yet, but I always get so excited when I see them in other teacher’s classrooms. They are so cute and I really love the bright colors. Kids seem to really enjoy sitting on them. I always wonder about the lack of back support. Perhaps that is only an issue for the 40 and fab club! LOL

An image of 5 stools-green, blue, red, white, and yellow- that are stacked on top of each other.

Multicolored stools for your reading/math group and kidney table

# 5 Yeti Tumbler

Hydration is a must, my friends! We all get parched after doing so much talking and moving around. This is the perfect reminder to get our water in! Bonus: This awesome tumbler comes in a variety of colors. Take your pick!

Yeti Insulated Tumbler

# 6 Teacher Writing Faves

Let’s be honest this category doesn’t need any explanations. We love them all!

An image of a 24 count pack of Sharpie fine point markers.

Sharpie Electro Pop Markers

An image of a 24 pack of multi-colored Flair Pens by Paper Mate.

Paper Mate Flair Pens

A multi-colored pack of gel pens by Paper Mate.

Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens

Paper Mate Mechanical #2 Pencils

An image of 10 scented pencils-Smencils.


# 7 Echo Dot

This seems likes such a fun and helpful addition to the classroom. “Alexa, what year was Michelle Obama born”? I’ll have to tell you, though, with the recent news reports on Alexa being able to consistently hear and record conversations, you may want to monitor how long/if you leave the microphone on and accessible.

An image of the Amazon Echo Dot speaker.  It is black with a shiny turquoise ring going around the top of the Alexa-ready speaker.

Echo dot

Echo Dot with Smart Plug

# 8 Light Touch Circles

These would be a great way to indicate voice levels or options/choices for activities.

Touch Light Wireless Tap Lights– 4 pack, color changing LED lights

Rechargeable LED Puck Lights– This set only features 3 lights, but they come in pink, blue, and white casings AND have a magnetic back option. They were too cute not to share!

# 9 Standing Work Desk

I have been finding myself standing and working on the computer more and more. It usually happens in the kitchen when I am cooking and trying to multi-task. Truly, I am super productive in those moments. I’m focused and in the zone when I’m standing. A standing desk is on my wish list! It’s an investment, but one that I think is well worth it.

image of a white female with dark hair standing at a standing work desk with her hands on the computer keyboard as though she were typing.
The Easy Crank Standing Desk

Easy Crank Standing Desk

These options are standing desks that you place on a desktop:

Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk Converter WorkStation

Standing Desk Converter in white

Standing Desk Converter in black

# 10 Additional Cell Phone Charger

I have to tell you, I don’t know what happens inside of my classroom. But, my cell phone battery is usually on red well before the end of the school day. I actually carry my cell phone charger in my purse every single day. I have an extra long charger cord (which I absolutely love), but it is bulky. So, I have been eyeing either a desk-top charger, or buying an extra cord to leave inside of my desk.

Image of an iPhone charger for your desktop.  The phone is shown in both a vertical and a horizontal position as it charges.
iOttie iON Desktop iPhone Charger

iOttie iOn Wireless iPhone Charger

Moozo Bamboo Desktop Charging Dock Station

# 11 Mauvelous Tape

This tape is life-changing!! I have been purchasing it from my local teacher resource supply store for the past few years. IT WORKS ON CONCRETE! My biggest problem, and likely yours, too, was getting masking tape to stick and stay. I have found that this tape sticks and my papers and charts stay on the wall.

3/4″ wide Mauvelous Tape

# 12 Post-It Notes Super Sticky Chart Paper

I saw these chart papers in action this summer during a writing workshop. They are fabulous! This stick on their own- no magnets needed. They can be more expensive, but would be great for your really special anchor charts.

An image of 2 chart tablets.  Large white paper with a bright yellow Post-It Note by 3M border.

Post-It Super Sticky Easel Pads

# 13 Mr. Sketch Markers

Do I really have to sell you on these? LOL. Simply, we love the way that they smell. It just takes me to a happy place to use them. Plus, when you pull these out to write on your chart paper, the kids will go crazy for them. They will run to your writing and grammar lessons!

An image of a 14-count pack of colorful, scented markers by Mr. Sketch brand markers.

Washable, chisel tip, set of 14 scented markers

An overshot image of a table with students sitting around it.  The students are reaching for Mr. Sketch markers to draw/color with.
Scented markers makes everything more fun!

36 Count Mr. Sketch Class Pack

# 14 Astrobrights Paper

Astrobrights paper just makes everything pop. It’s perfect for pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, Meet the Teacher packets, and all the things.

“Charisma” 10-Color Assortment, 200 sheets

# 15 Colored Pencil Sharpener

If you are like me, you throw away perfectly great colored pencils once they get low. Why? Because there is no way (that I know of. If you have a great trick that works, please share) to sharpen them without ruining your regular pencil sharpener or without simply grinding down the colored pencils because they won’t sharpen.

Image of a black pencil sharpener with a clear view front.  Picture of a hand inserting a blue pencil into the sharpener.

Smartro Electric Pencil Sharpener

# 16 Crayon Sharpener

I have always wanted a way to sharpen crayons instead of throwing them away. Now, we have a way to extend the life of our fabulous Crayola Crayons! Yippee!!

Elmer's electric crayon sharpener.  An image of an orange and blue crayon sharpener.  Pictures of yellow, purple, and red crayons going around the base of the sharpener.

Elmer’s CrayonPro Electric Crayon Sharpener

# 17 Dry Erase Pockets/Plastic Sleeves

These are life changing! Instead of printing out 20-30 copies of every activity when you really don’t need to, you can print 5-6 copies and insert them inside of these sleeves. Students can then write on the sleeve, show you their work, and then erase it for the next student or the next activity.

An image of 10 clear, dry erase sleeves that are stacked/layered on top of each other.

30-Count Dry Erase Sleeves/Pockets

# 18 Dry Erase Clipboards

Two classroom must-haves wrapped into one! These are a win-win.

An image of 30 white clipboards that have clips for holding paper and pen holders.

Dry Erase Clipboards

# 19 Flexible Seating/Flexible Classrooms

I don’t have much flexible seating in my classroom, but one of my teammates had these in her classroom this year and her kids loved them. It reminds me of a car seat for a baby; which may be why kids love them. They seem cozy and they are very portable.

Scoops Rocker 6 pack

These are perfect for those students that need a way to keep their bodies moving so that they can focus and process information. Honestly, these would be great for all of us while we are sitting in faculty meetings!

Fidget Chair Bands

Fidget Toys

# 20 Teacher Planner

This choice is a given. Right? There are sooo many planners to choose from. You can find beautiful planners from a variety of stores and there are many brands to choose from. I shared a few planners that my teacher friends rave about.

Erin Condren

Happy Planner

This is my personal planner for this upcoming school year. The cover drew me in. If you know me well, you can likely guess the reason why I loved this cover so much. (If you aren’t sure, I love cultural diversity, and to me, representation matters. It’s such a joy to see “myself” reflected in this cover image!)

Berteau and Co.

This brand of planner isn’t listed on Amazon. Jose’ Cortez is a fellow teacher and I am more than happy to support his company! His planners are more than beautiful, they are functional. As a fellow (and former) educator, Jose’ knows what teachers need. Check them out! You may love them, too.

# Bonus: Something Special Just For You

This should probably have been first on this list! Buy something special just for yourself. Anything that you want! You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Just a little something that is just for you- not your students or your own kids. If it’s a new lipgloss, a new Rae Dunn mug, a fishing pole- whatever it is, do it just for you!

We are high vibin’ and thrivin’!

Okay, I have two extra items that you might love to grab for yourself. I didn’t list them above because I would have to go back and change the title and all of the graphics.

Fire TV Stick

You can turn your Smart TV into a one-stop watching zone. With your Roku, you can watch YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, and more from your television set. You will barely have to move!

Crock-Pot Lunch Crock Food Warmer

My daughter has been wanting one of these for awhile. When the fall weather hits and you get a taste for soup, this would be a great way to warm it up/keep it warm in your classroom (or any other hot meal). Just think, you won’t have to wait in line for the microwave at the Teacher’s Lounge!

I am wishing each of you the best time shopping, or just looking, during Amazon’s Prime Days on July 15th-16th! We can only hope that we don’t crash the Internet again this year.

If you are looking for a few book suggestions to add to your culturally responsive classroom and to get more boys motivated to read click on the links.

If there is something that you think she be added to this list, please leave it in the comments!

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