3 Hilarious Items You Need For Your Classroom

Do you ever find your students lacking inspiration? As art teachers, we often expect our students to create on command, but for some students, they just don’t know where to start. For this reason, I keep several hilarious items and props in my classroom. To find out how I keep self-portraits and still-life projects exciting, you’ll want to watch this video! Sometimes it’s just necessary to have some hilarious hidden gems around your classroom.

Do you keep costumes in your classroom?

What hilarious items are staples in your classroom?

2 years ago

Abby Schukei

Abby is a middle school art teacher in Omaha, NE. She focuses on creating meaningful experiences for her students through technology integration, innovation, and creativity.


  • Melissa M Gilbertsen

    I love this! I have a crab hat that kids have an option to wear if they are “crabby” and want to be left alone. It’s kind of a good way to see who might be having issues maybe with the project and I can address that, or even if something else is bugging them I might be able to direct them to the counselors instead of having ’em stew and fry. I was thinking I might use it on a kid I needed to hush and focus because I am crabby with THEM! It’s just got to be with a student who would be cool with this, not as a means of embarrassing them. Humor really does help me with classroom management most of the time. The hat also sends a visual cue to others to not engage this person while they are working. I have also used my awesome eyeballs hat to get them to know I’m watching them even if I am grading and not walking around. We have a lot of fun with those things and they totally “lurve” my unicorn head. But to add to the fun with the trolls idea and the self-portrait costumed – wow, coolio – thanks!

    • Abby Schukei

      A crab hat??! That is too good! I’ve found my little costume box to be a lifesaver when students are stuck or uninterested–because seriously what kid isn’t going to have fun when their teacher tells them to put on a costume!