Add duct tape to pencils to keep them from disappearing :) Colors can match the color of the table. Easy to see where pencils belong and all tables have enough. I swear my class eats pencils! I am going to color code my tables.
Each year you teach, students add their fingerprints in a new color! How colorful and beautiful will this be when you've been teaching for a long time! Wish I would have thought of this idea 10 + years ago when I started teaching.