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Target Dollar Spot Finds

Happy Summer! July is typically the time when I am shocked that the summer items are on clearance and back to school is in full swing! The dollar spot was no exception on my last trip to the Mecca known as Target! Instagram is filled with photos of everyone's #targetteacher swag and I love seeing what everyone is buying! I ended up checking out my local dollar spot and grabbed some great, multi-use toys - for $3 each! Hello, deal.

On the first go around, I scored a dry erase lap board and two play sets - a school bus and a police car.

I lost my dry erase board somewhere in the abyss of cleaning up my speech corner last summer for my maternity leave. It has yet to make an appearance! So, I invested a whole dollar into a new one! It even comes with a marker with an eraser top.

The play sets are amazing and I actually went back to buy a fireman set after seeing a comment on instagram! I love how they are all contained in separate bags that are labeled. They also have strings to hang …
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