Must Buy Dollar Tree Homeschool Supplies

by | Feb 25, 2019 | Homeschool, Homeschool 101 | 3 comments

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If you’ve read my post on Top Homeschool Supplies for Kindergartners, you probably noticed that I listed quite a few Dollar Tree supplies there.

I LOVE the Dollar Tree, I can stay there for hours (not with the kids though). I mean just by myself. If they are with me, it’s gotta be in and out. Ya know what I mean? They start taking things off the shelf and asking to buy this and that. Don’t even get me started with the balloons.

Aside from the chaos that may come with shopping at the Dollar Tree with kids, it is still the place to go. Especially, if you are on a budget.

It is the FIRST place I go to for DIY craft supplies for the kids, common supplies like pencils, markers, construction paper, AND even supplements to our homeschool curriculum.

If you are on a budget (like we are), I absolutely think you should consider the Dollar Tree for your homeschool.

Today, I want to share with you Must Buy Dollar Tree Homeschool Supplies I use for my preschooler and kindergartner. 

Dollar Tree


Dollar Tree offers several different workbook options for Reading & Writing. I think these are great when they are just starting to learn to read and trace.

My son started his kindergarten off with these workbooks and he is doing just fantastic. These workbooks are colorful and are a great way for kindergartners to learn sight words and penmanship.

Items to look for:

  1. Manuscript Writing Grades K-2
  2. Blank manuscript writing paper for more practice (if needed)
  3. Reading Readiness Grades K-2
  4. Spelling & phonics Grade 1
  5. Various reading and writing workbooks
Homeschool Reading & Spelling for 1st Grade
Homeschool Reading & Writing for Kindergartners
Homeschool Writing for Kindergarteners
Homeschool Reading & Writing for Kindergarteners


These math books are a great for kindergartners. They are colorful and not boring at all. My son loves these and breezed through both of them in 2 months (we do math 3 times a week).

You can also get little cash registers & garage sale stickers for pretend shopping. Clock spinners & sand timers are great to use for explanation at the table.

Counting pom-poms (you can find them in the craft section) or foam cubes are great for preschoolers.

 Items to look for:

  1. Disney Time & Money
  2. Numbers (Kindergarten)
  3. Various addition & subtraction workbooks
  4. Pretend cash registers (or you can use real money, which is what I prefer)
  5. Garage sale stickers for pretend shopping
  6. Small pom-poms or foam cubes for counting (preschool)
  7. Clock & numbers spinners
  8. Sand timers
Math Workbooks 1st Grade
Dollar Tree Homeschool Math Workbooks
Math Workbook from Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree Homeschool Math
Clocks & Spinners
Cheap Homeschool Preschool Math
Kindergarten & Preschool Math


I like to use these Morning Starters or Brain Bites workbooks to help reinforce reading, writing, and math if needed.

I also will bring these on road trips or bust them out at the restaurant while waiting for food. Usually, they don’t expect to see these workbooks outside of homeschool so they are surprised and excited when I take them out.

Homeschool Kindergarten Workbooks
Homeschool Morning Starter


You can find different science workbooks, as well as educational spinners like the solar system one below. The STEM book is probably my son’s top pick. It is VERY hands-on. We usually do science twice a week and we allow 2-3 hours since they like to experiment, draw, go outside to find bugs, leaves, etc., and touch & feel.

Items to look for:

  1. Solar system & butterfly spinners
  2. Thermometer
  3. Ocean facts & activity book
  4. Solar system activity book
  5. STEM workbook
  6. Test tubes & large tweezers
  7. Science kits (box says for 8+, use caution. Not the best in my opinion, but good to have on-hand on rainy days).
Homeschool Kindergarten Science
Dollar Tree Science Kits


We use this US map on a regular basis. It’s actually a pretty good size map. We have it in our play room and it’s a great way to teach map reading and, of course, where each state is located. The U.S. puzzle is just another great way to reinforce where each state is located.

Items to look for:

  1. Map of U.S. (they don’t always carry this, grab it if you see it!)
  2. U.S. Puzzles
USA Map for Homeschool
USA Puzzle for Homeschool
Dollar Tree Homeschool Supplies


The Dollar Tree carries a great assortment of Bible readers, Bible character activity books, and prayer books that are great for preschoolers and kindergartners.

These are also great for church busy bags!

Items to look for:

  1. Stories of the Bible
  2. Parable of the Bible
  3. Heroes of the Bible
  4. Little Book of Prayers
  5. Jonah, Jesus, David, Noah, Joseph, Moses sticker books (my daughter’s favs.)
  6. Bible Readers
Dollar Tree Bible Books for Kids
Dollar Tree Kids Bible Activity Books
Dollar Tree Bible Readers for Kids
Dollar Tree Bible Book of Prayer for Kids


The dollar store carries a variety of preschool activity & sticker books. This is a great and inexpensive way to introduce our young ones to different shapes, numbers, colors, animal names, vocabulary, etc.

My daughter loves the sticker books, she can sit and work on these for 30 minutes or so while I am instructing my son.

Items to look for:

  1. “My First” series (colors, farm animals, words, etc.)
  2. Picture Dictionary
  3. First Steps Sticker & Activity Books
  4. Various preschool workbooks
Homeschool Preschool Activity Books
Homeschool Preschool Activity Sticker Books


My kids LOVE pretend play, especially my 3-year-old. She likes to pretend to be a chef and fire fighter.

The dollar store carries various different pretend play toys. Things like dress up, pretend cooking, dolls and dollhouses. They are not the best quality in my opinion. I prefer Melissa & Doug when it comes to stuff like this.

BUT, your preschoolers probably wouldn’t care if their pretend toys are from the dollar store or if it’s Melissa & Doug’s.  Another option is to check out the local thrift store’s kitchen section for inexpensive utensils, pots & pans, oven mitts.

The dollar store also have play dough, clay, silly putty, little animals that grow when you put them in water. These are all great for sensory play and fine motor skills.

Preschool Pretend & Sensory Play
Dollar Tree Pretend Play


These educational spinners are a fun way to talk about the solar system, the world, and the cycle of a butterfly with kindergartners and preschoolers. They love spinning these and reading the facts in the boxes.

Educational posters are great to hang on the wall for kids who are more visual. The colors are vibrant and the posters are pretty big once you unfold them from the packaging!

Dollar Tree Educational Spinners
Dollar Tree Educational Posters


I mean, you could really go crazy here. But, for the sake of our budget, let’s not.

Items I would buy:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Finger Paint Paper Pad
  3. Hot glue sticks
  4. Popsicle sticks
  5. Little beads, googly eyes, pom poms
  6. Pipe cleaners
  7. Baker’s twine
  8. Pre-made wood crafts (airplanes, cars)
  9. Finger paint pots
  10. Markers
  11. Clothespins

Typically, I keep basic craft supplies that we use on a regular basis on hand. Things like:

  1. Popsicle sticks
  2. Paper plates
  3. Glue
  4. Paint
  5. Crayons
  6. Markers
  7. Tape
  8. Ruler
  9. Pencils
  10. Drawing paper

For preschoolers and kindergartners, I find that the dollar store will carry most craft supplies needed. Wal-Mart is second in line if I can’t find what I need at the Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree Craft Supplies
Dollar Tree Markers and Paint Supplies
Dollar Tree Kids Paint
Dollar Tree Paint Paper


To be honest, we’ve never tried these recorders or mini guitars yet. If you have, let me know in the comment section below how they are.

I probably wouldn’t use them in place of “real” instruments but you could use them as props to music storybooks or if you are trying to introduce preschoolers and kindergartners to different sounds, these could work and are budget friendly.

Items to look for:

  1. Mini guitars
  2. Recorders
  3. Harmonicas
  4. Whistles
  5. Music Triangles
Cheap Homeschool Music Props


You can usually find many different flash cards depending on which Dollar Tree you go to. These flash cards are great to use to help reinforce vocabulary, math, colors & shapes, money, time, geography, sight words, etc.

Dollar Tree Flash Cards


If you want to decorate your homeschool room or space, look no further. Go to the Dollar Tree, at a buck each you can get a lot to spruce up your homeschool space. Some elementary school teachers buy supplies from their Teacher’s Corner’s section.

Items to look for:

  1. Alphabet wall borders
  2. Bulletin board borders
  3. Various die cuts
  4. Reward charts
  5. Stickers
  6. Pens/notebooks
  7. Stapler/hole puncher
Dollar Tree Teacher's Supplies


My son hates, absolutely hates road trips. He has said to us on multiple occasions that the “max” he can do is 30 minutes. We’ve tried audiobooks, music CDs, lap activities, but alas he is just not a trooper when it comes to long car rides.

So, I was very excited when I saw these road trip games at the dollar store. They don’t last hours, but when push comes to shove, I whip out one of these and it gives me 20-30 minutes of sanity. 

I usually see them during the holidays and summer time. Grab them if you see them, these don’t stay on the shelves long (at least not at my Dollar Tree).

Items to look for:

  1. Various Travel Games
  2. Various Activity Books
Homeschool Road Trip Games


Alright guys, I am wrapping it up right here.

As you can see, there is a lot you can get from the Dollar Tree for your homeschool needs.

If your kids are starting preschool or kindergarten soon, I would definitely consider these items to either help you get started with homeschool, supplement your current homeschool curriculum, or use them to fill in during holidays and summer vacation.

Please let me know in the comment section below if you have personally used any of these items with your kiddos and how you liked (or disliked) them!

Until next time!

Shirley Nozawa

Shirley Nozawa

Homeschooling mom of 2

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  1. Susie Patrick

    Thank you soooo much Jennifer! I had no clue and will check it out soon!!

  2. Pat Hill

    Hi Shirley, I recently met my, ‘just turned 2’ granddaughter.
    (my stepsons wife’s child) she is very much a bit of a handful.
    She needs help to stimulate her little brain. These books etc that you found from the dollar store sound like it may just be what she needs.
    While visiting them a couple months ago, I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful woman who is a teacher, and also works at a convenience store. I asked her for some ideas and she came up with the most brilliant idea ever. She showed me some puzzles and said for her students, she takes each piece out and outlines them on the backer board, then, she writes a letter of the alphabet on each piece corresponding with the outlined piece on the board. Makes it easier to match up. Needless to say, I got two puzzles, one for the alphabet, and one for numbers. Perhaps you would also like this idea!
    Thank you for your dollar store suggestions!

    • Shirley

      Hi Pat! That’s a great idea with the puzzles, thanks for sharing! All the best with your grand-daughter, enjoy your time with her. 😊



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