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Well, the 2020 school year is here and it is looking different for some families. Whether you chose to do full-time in school, some sort of remote learning, or a homeschool veteran, it’s your choice. 

But if what you chose for your family involves some sort of learning at home, this post is for you! Your little one may be confused as to what’s going on or even be upset. It’s very easy to do a fun school supply set up at home to get them excited.

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School supplies on 3 tier stand

I was taking a walk through a very dangerous place….the Dollar Tree :). I noticed all these super fun neon school supplies. That’s when I came up with this cool neon themed 3 tiered school supply setup (say that 5 times fast!).

I got this gorgeous 3 tiered stand at Home Goods of course, but you can snag a similar tray on Amazon.

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Silver 3-Tier Stand

Black 3-Tier Stand

Rustic 3-Tier Stand

I had beautifully decorated with summer elements and been transformed into this new back-to-school tray.

Fun Neon look for back to school

Neon School Supply Checklist for Dollar Store

  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Index Cards
  • Post-Its
  • Scissors
  • Sharpeners
  • Stamps
  • Glue
  • Rulers
  • Tin Holders
  • Tape
  • Mini-Staplers
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Big Notebooks
  • Mini Notebooks
  • Clip Magnets
  • Learning Flashcards
  • Dry Erase Boards
  • Cups or Water Bottles
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Brain Break/Stress Ball Items
  • Sunglasses


Fun homeschool set up

How to Organize School Supplies on 3-Tiered Tray

Get a few colorful tins at the dollar store and pop out your mason jars. These will hold all your rulers, pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, and crayons.

Neon school supplies on 3 tier tray

Place small notebooks, index cards, and post-it notes throughout the different areas so they get to choose their favorite.

Cute school supplies

Add fun magnets to the outside of the tray so kids can hang their artwork when done.

Elementary remote learning

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Brain Break Items

Don’t forget that kids need a break, sometimes they just need a few minutes to do something with their hands (like when adults stress out)! Play-Doh and Rubix cubes are great options. They are also bright and fun. Go down the toy aisles at the dollar store and pick up some fun items like stress balls or legos.

Homeschool supply organization tips

The dollar store also has some great educational flashcards and art supplies that you can add to the tray. 

Dollar store items for homeschool

And don’t forget to make sure the hand sanitizer is easily accessible!

Homeschool supply organization tips

Inspirational Notes for Remote Learning

You can’t have a 3-tiered tray without some inspirational notes. These little clip-on frames I found at Dollar Tree and are perfectly sized for the 3-tier stand. I had some real fun coming up with these remote learning notes!

Inspirational homeschool quote
Inspirational homeschool quote
Inspirational homeschool quote
Inspirational homeschool quote

Homeschool Tray For the Couch

Sometimes kids need a change of scenery or they just feel more comfortable on the couch. You can take a simple serving tray and add a few elements so they can easily move over to the couch.

Homeschool set up for small spaces

Danny purchased this simple tray at Home Depot for 6 bucks! She painted it half black and half white.

Homeschool set up for small spaces

This gorgeous DIY tray was meant for pretty food displays but we noticed this was the perfect base for some fun neon school supplies. Amelia was very comfortable!

Homeschool set up for small spaces

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