Recently, I was introduced to a chain of stationary stores, called Tiger. Every time I go in, I see a multitude of wonderful items that ignite teaching ideas, for £2/£3 – bargain!
My last purchase was a reception bell. AFL can get a bit dull, however, I have used the bell to start classroom competitions based on success criteria and literacy targets. Every time students meet part of the success criteria/use sophisticated language and structures, they get a ding. The student with the most ‘dings’ wins. It creates cheap laughs, and also stretches students by throwing them off course. Great fun!