Whether you are an educator wanting to spruce up your classroom, or a parent wanting to hone those reading, writing and arithmetic skills before school starts, there are some Eastside stores that can help you do just that!

Bellevue Art and Frame and The Toy Place
13131 NE 20th (Northup Way)
Bellevue, WA 98005

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With a variety of art supplies, including drawing paper and foam board, there are enough fun items to make a bulletin board or plan an art project. For kids, every Saturday through August there is a craft activity in the kids’ area of the store. Make a plate, a friendship bracelet or take a math class to brush up on your skills. For kids entering first and second grade, the last “Math Camp” is August 21-26 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Check out the website at http://www.bellevueartandframe.com to find out about fall art classes for adults and kids.

Lakeshore Learning
11027 NE 4th Street
Bellevue, WA 98004

A family-run business since 1954, Lakeshore Learning has teacher resources, organizational products, charts for pre-school through sixth grade, puzzles and games, learning toys, and self-laminating to make all those bulletin board items last. Teachers can get a special card to receive discounts on materials and laminating. Parents will enjoy the Saturday art activities at the store in Bellevue and the free, downloadable writing activities kids from preschool through sixth grade can do at home over the summer. Go to the website at http://www.lakeshorelearning.com for more information.

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University Bookstore
990 102nd Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Filled with high school and college textbooks and reference books, there’s also an amazing kids section. With year-long activities like story times and meet-the-author events, there’s also a Summer Rocks reading program. If you need help finding your child an age-appropriate book, there’s staff to help. And for every book your child (Pre-k through 8th grade) finishes until the end of August, your child can receive coupons for purchases from Kids Books AND cool free stuff. Teachers can find new and used books to build a classroom reading corner, or find that perfect story to share with the class. Plus all the school supplies a teacher could want.

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Smile Makers

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SmileMakers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Staples, Inc. Teachers can register to receive free shipping. From room decor to classroom management tools, SmileMakers has a variety of classroom helps to make your students smile when they walk in your door. Colorful, fun and educational, SmileMakers is geared for the preschool and elementary teacher. For parents, there are items you can use, too. Stickers, rewards and art supplies will help the kids stay on task and get you through those last weeks of summer.