3 Classroom Activities on a Budget


Planning class activities is a huge undertaking, but it’s even more stressful when you are trying to stay within a small budget.  It’s often quite overwhelming and frustrating when you have a great idea, but money or logistic issues hinder you from executing your plan. Many times teachers end up paying, and even though that’s very kind, it’s not fair.  So, what do we do?  Here are a few ideas for how to plan classroom activities on a budget:

  1. Class Savings:

At the start of the year, introduce your awesome ideas to your class and get them really pumped!  This will make them reject the idea of not being able to do them and will rally them for collecting money. Have a “bank” in your class, maybe even one they decorated, and encourage kids to drop in spare change like a piggy bank.  You could even make it a competition and split your class into teams.  Maybe the winning team gets to pick the activity or gets some other sort of incentive.  Making it competitive and continuing over a long period of time makes it a habit, and therefore effective.

  1. Fundraising:

This is probably the most obvious, but having the whole class help raise money for an activity, trip or event will not only help with the cost but also boost class camaraderie and excitement. Even if you only host a couple bake sales or sell concessions at games, every bit helps.


  1. Get Creative:

Find cheap options that don’t require you to deal out cash.  The first idea that comes to mind is virtual field trips, which are a big hit with kids and teachers alike.

  • Discovery Education -Explore a plethora of options throughout the site, tailored to teachers.
  • Google Art Project -Take your class on a walk through museums with over 1,000 pieces.
  • Smithsonian -Stroll the halls of the Smithsonian museums.
  • dk -View the 7 Wonders of the World without leaving your classroom.

Your best option is to explore sites like teacherspayteachers and Pinterest to search for activities you would be interested in based on your subject matter.  There are so many ideas that you are bound to find one that works for you.  You also have options like using Kahoot, Quizziz, and Socrative to engage your students and switch up the mundane class grind.

Activities for the anti-tech teacher:

  1. Lemon Volcano: Learn about chemical reactions!
  2. Heat Sensitive Slime: Learn about heat sensitivity!
  3. Cloud in a Jar: Learn about clouds and precipitation!
  4. Roll & Write :  Make a die with prompts on each side for the reluctant writer.

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This article is written by Lauren Bubb, an English Teacher at Frankfort-Schuyler Central Schools
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