Are your well-layed out shelves collecting dust? Are cobwebs growing on your manipulatives for lack of, well…manipulation? Are you tempted to describe your school as
Time for a shake-up, I say!
In an effort to fight the ho-hums around here, this morning I temporarily stashed away some of our stand-by’s and put together some trays that are certain to inspire the kiddos to get those creative juices flowing! And guess what…it’s already working! Tee hee!
Ok, but only a few at a time. I’ve got to dole these things out slowly, ya know, to keep you coming back to my humble little blog!LOL!
Ok, here is the first tray. I call it (did you know I name my trays? Weird, I know)…
The Dr Seuss creature creator:
Start with a copy of a Dr Seuss book (any one will do, really) for inspiration, add some neon colored play-doh, cut-up chenille stems, some colored feathers and an assortment of google-eyes, and you’ve got a creature factory ready to roll! For fun I also added a funky ceramic coaster to build or display the creations on.
JBug is practically drooling to start making creatures, but she has to clean her room first. Yes, I am mean like that. Just ask JBug. On second thought don’t.
This has several components which I will explain. You can plainly see the architecture books which are there for inspiration. There is also a set of “Fun with Architecture” stamps and a basket with some colored stamp pads. Also there is a really great book “Draw 50 Buildings and other structures.” The red and blue wooden box is full of popsicle sticks, both notched and plain, just waiting to be assembled into fantastical structures.
But the best part (I couldn’t spell piece de resistance, so I settled for “best part”) is the tray. Here is a closer look:
The tray contains a set of world landmark cards (which has both natural and man-made landmarks like the pyramids, Mt Everest, Statue of Liberty, etc) a bunch of sculpey (white and colors), some sculpting tools, and a funky ceramic coaster to build on. Superboy took one look at this tray and said, “Well, I know what I’m doing this morning!” Ha! Gotcha!
(And then that sent him off on a rabbit trail which he has been following with vigor all day, which promises to last at least a week or so, and which I will write about tomorrow probably.)
Just one more before I go. The ultra-simple cloud kit:
And do I mean simple. A box of cotton balls, some glue, some blue paper squares, a set of cloud identification cards, and a pen for labeling. Can my work get any easier???
There is more, but I really need to check in on my kids and see just what they’ve come up with. Or come down with, whatever.
Plus, I’ve got to leave you wanting more, right???
See ya tomorrow!
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