Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Made It: Listening Station Pocket

I recently posted about my listening center here.  Here's how I made the pockets for my MP3 players. It was super simple and I have my 10 year old daughter who was helping me in my classroom to thank for the idea. 

I had this big shoe organizer in my classroom that I was using to hold calculators, but it was too heavy and we didn't use the calculators enough to warrant the space it was taking.  I wanted clear pockets for my MP3's so that I could tell they were all put away at a glance. 

I took the pocket organizer and cut off the top two rows, right under the stitching of the last row. 

I have carpet on the wall, so I used cubicle hooks to hang it right under my cupboards.  You could use command hooks or magnet hooks to hang it anywhere in your room.  

Then, I have four rows left that I can use else where.  You could just add grommets to the top (found in your local craft store and attached with a few hits of a hammer) for hanging so you can use the rest of the pockets.  

What are some other ways you might use these clear pockets in your classroom? 

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  1. This is a wonderful idea! I wish I had more wall space... :0) Thanks so much for sharing!


    1. Wall space is a problem sometimes. I have two large windows along my back wall that I love, but they do take up quite a bit of space I'd love to use. It worked out just right to fit between the cabinets and the counter there.

  2. I have done the same thing using them for bucket fillers (half size). At home I use shoe bags in my laundry room for all the odds and ends (sunscreen, pocket tissues, gloves, etc). My boys use them in their rooms to hold their rubber band supplies (over their desks) and to sort legos. LOVE that you put your mp3s in them, I have had mine in a pencil box, but that hasn't been easy to see to make sure they come back. I will be copying you. :)

    1. Oh, bucket fillers is a great idea for using shoe pockets. So glad this idea helped you with your MP3 players. I should hang one on the door in my laundry room in winter for scarves, hats and gloves. Thanks!

  3. I teach handbells, and I'm thinking of using a shoe organizer for the students to put their gloves in.

    1. That sounds like a wonderful use for these pockets! I played some handbells as a percussionist in high school, I loved them!


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