right in your building.
Daily, the custodians collect empty rolls from paper towels. . .and these are the really awesome, thick ones that can lend themselves to all kinds of projects. Give them a plastic bin and ask them to save these for you.
Similarly, the packaging for produce often presents itself as a great resource for projects children can make. Look around. . .involve the other workers in the building in order to maximize resources and cut down on waste. It inspires creativity everywhere!
Dr. Thomas Moore has a great song entitled PAPER TOWEL ROLL that encourages children to play with a paper towel roll and use their imaginations. The paper towel roll becomes a many wonderful thing, and hopefully the child gains some amount of imaginative ingenuity in the mental process of singing it.
It’s important to constantly consider what creativity is, what it means and how to instill it in students. Of course, my answer is simple: provide materials that would otherwise be tossed, compile by theme, add scissors and glue and you are all set.
Of course, for some, there will be the temptation to put creativity on a grid, or a metric, or a way to compare. But just as often we do find that people of influence do understand the value of creativity (see here, and here, and here, and here).
Of course, speaking out against the standardization and testing movement is important, but if you find yourself teaching in the midst of it (as in, it is mandated), then keep that stock of scissors and glue and you will keep the creativity going.
Theme: Party Hats
Ages: K-2nd grade
Games: wear a party hat necklace; sing the song: Put on your party hat necklace, we’re having a party hat time; put on your party hat necklace, let’s make a party hat rhyme; (name a word, they give rhyming words); teams to put together the most mini paper party hats
Project with Scissors and Glue: decorate a flat party hat; decorate a mini party hat (upcycled plastic inserts from cone shaped objects)