You've probably seen the adorable "Desk Fairy" idea all over the wild, wild web. When I first saw it I loved the idea. When I decided to do a Dr. Seuss theme with my classroom this year (click here if you want to see pics) I thought it would be perfect if instead of a "Desk Fairy" the Cat in the Hat secretly sneaked into our classroom at night to periodically inspect the desks.
My kiddos have been LOVING it. They are so excited when they walk in to discover the Cat in the Hat left an award, a poem, and his hat on someone's desk. Their favorite part is that there's always a treat hiding under his hat too! You wouldn't believe the wonders it has done to their desks! Suddenly first graders can keep their desks so immaculately clean!
The little guy's desk box pictured below was just one of almost the entire classes' that looked like that! Now I have happy, organized kiddos and they have a very happy
Cat in the Hat (shhhh don't tell!) teacher.
If your kids have papers and pencils and crayons and tissues and who knows what else coming out the wazoo of their desk you have GOT to try the Desk Fairy or The Cat in the Hat. You can download my poem for free below.
You can also start helping them get organized by collecting lids from the zillions of boxes of copy paper that your school (most likely) inevitably goes through. Which, by the way, was a brilliant idea that some genius before me thunk up! Oh the things you can think if only you try!!!
How do you help encourage your students to keep their desks clean?
Feel free to check out my Dr. Seuss classroom theme too if you're interested. (Click image)