15 Tips and Hacks for Ziploc Bags in the Classroom

Holly (Teach Starter)

Written by Holly (Teach Starter)

The trusty ziploc bags were a god send when I was teaching! They were cheap, came in different sizes and had so many different uses!

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Here are some cool ideas I have found that would be useful in the classroom environment.

Water Cycle Demonstration

Draw and label the water cycle on a ziploc bag. Fill it with some water, add two drops of blue food colouring and tape it to a window. Throughout the day, condensation will form and even some precipitation!

You may like to check out our Water Cycle Poster.

Water Cycle in a Ziploc Bag

Storing Flashcards

There is no denying that teachers love flashcards! In fact, we have a whole collection of flashcards on our website! I customised our Desk Name Tags – Patterns and printed them on white label paper. I then attached the labels to the ziploc bags as an easy way to store our blends flashcards.


Storing Games and Resources

I absolutely love this idea! Often I stored by classroom games in a box and they were always tricky to find. Sometimes, I even forgot I had them! Using this style of storage is much more user friendly and you can easily see what each game is!

Ziploc Storage Ideas

Used in Classroom Displays

Often young children need a visual to help them understand a particular concept!

In this example, the ziploc bags have been used to show how 1 kg can look different depending on the item! Creating a ‘Pinterst worthy’ classroom display is easy using our huge range of classroom border trimmers and customisable classroom display letter sets.

Classroom Display using Ziploc Bags

Take Home Book Bags

Use a little duct tape around the sides and bottom to reinforce the bags.

I used our Stars Tray Labels on white label paper and stuck the students’ names on each of the bags.

Take Home Book Bags

Fun and Easy Science Experiments!

Kids love this!

What will happen if we poke a sharp pencil through a plastic bag of water? Will the water leak out of the holes? What if we added more than one pencil?

Did you know that plastic bags are made out of polymers, chains of molecules that are flexible. When the pencil pokes through the bag, the stretchy plastic hugs around the pencil creating a watertight seal!

Ziploc Bag Pencil and Water Experiment

This is an oldie but a goodie.

Growing in Pre K Blog put five beans in a ziploc bag with a folded wet paper towel.

The bags were then taped to their classroom window. Students could then write observations daily about what has changed.

You may also like our Bean Growth Experiment.

Seeds in a Ziploc Bag

Image credit: www.growinginprek.com/spring.htm

Other ideas:

  • storing maths equipment
  • storing letters / posters on outside bulletin boards
  • storing small parts of the classroom calendar
  • individual manipulative bags (this allows students to store manipulatives at their desk)
  • storing craft supplies
  • storing personal goals – goals I know and goals I need to know
  • storing student headphones and their computer log in details
  • storing extra classroom stationary

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Leza Weber

I have also put some acrylic paint ina large ziploc bag, sealed the top, stuck the bag to a window or table top and had students ‘fingerpaint’ without the big mess. Put a spoonful of 2 different colours in each bottom corner and mix the colours together to learn about the colour wheel (red + yellow= orange etc). Also good for sensory therapy with students.

Leza Weber · Oct 28th, 2016

Holly (Teach Starter)

Awesome idea Leza! Thanks for your comment. I love the colour wheel idea!
Kind regards,

Holly (Teach Starter) · Nov 1st, 2016

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