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misshardbroom Sat 04-Jul-09 08:33:08

We want to introduce a mark-making trolley in preschool (on Ofsted's recommendation), but I'm not sure where to buy what I need.

For the uninitiated, there's a picture of one if you scroll to page 22 of this. If you can't be bothered (and who could blame you), it's a trolley with shelves to take a variety of paper and little trays of pencils, crayons, felt pens, chalks etc. The idea of the trolley is that it can be moved around the setting and even outdoors, depending on what you're doing with the children.

Can you buy such a trolley or would we have to make it up ourselves?

And if we have to do it ourselves, does anyone have any bright ideas about how?

purepurple Sat 04-Jul-09 08:43:36

We have had a mark making trolley in our pre-school room for a couple of years. It is the most used part of the room.
It is a bog standard vegetable rack on wheels.
a bit like this
We put in loads of resources and the children just help themselves.
This is what we have in it at the moment

pens, pencils, crayons, rulers, scissors, rubbers sharpeners all in a sink tidy abit like this
flowerpots also work well

different sized paper
old birthday cards
old stamps
used envelopes
hole punch
glue sticks
sellotape
old diaries
telephone
keyboard
mouse
calculator
children's name cards which they use to copy their name to label their work

the possibilities are endless!!

purepurple Sat 04-Jul-09 08:45:16

bugger!
a minor glitch with my copy and paste in the links!!
am working on it blush

purepurple Sat 04-Jul-09 08:47:06

trolley
sink tidy

hocuspontas Sat 04-Jul-09 08:52:23

www.hope-education.co.uk have art trolleys but I can't get the link to work.

If you do pre-school > furniture > art storage hopefully you will find the page I'm talking about!

MegGriffin Sat 04-Jul-09 18:46:01

We bought ours from Argos. It has a wooden frame with plastic tubs in rows and has proved very useful. We have very simiar contents to purplepurple.

misshardbroom Sat 04-Jul-09 20:20:38

great, thank you all for these ideas, it's exactly what we want. Hadn't thought about using a vegetable trolley which would be loads cheaper and more at child height too.

Thanks for your time to answer this thread.

Yurtgirl Sat 04-Jul-09 20:25:01

At home I confess we use old squash bottles (with top half cut off) as felt tip/pencil holders
The tops make marvellous funnels/plant cloches

KateyG Thu 09-Jul-09 13:12:05

you could try community playthings. They aren't cheap but their equipment is amazing!!!

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