Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Use 10 Extra Minutes and Scrap Materials

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” 


One day during my first year of teaching I found myself in a bad situation: my Pre-K students were waiting for their afternoon art lesson to begin and I could not find their projects! Panic set in as my four-year-olds went from all sitting criss-cross applesauce on the rug to a squirming mass that resembled new puppies in a play pen. I had to act FAST! I grabbed the scrap paper bin and announced that we were going to play a new game: Scrap Show and Tell!

How to Play

Using art materials and scrap materials on hand,
Pick a theme
Demonstrate how to use the materials (different paper folding techniques or whatever is applicable)
Give 5-7 minutes for building
Clean up
Student show and tell what they made

Scrap Show and Tell was born out of dire circumstances and has grown into a staple creative activity in my art room. I often introduce this activity to my classes after reading Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg. Another great picture book tie-in is Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty. (Also, If you're wondering if play is actually important and deserves a place in curriculum check out this post on play.)

My kids even opt to play this game on their own or in small groups during free time. If you have 10 extra minutes and/or some scrap paper try playing Scrap Show and Tell in your classroom or home.

I pick a theme for each new round of Scrap Show and Tell

A huge scrap was turned into a dinosaur for the "Creatures" theme

Two students giggled non-stop as they created this character for the theme "Funny Faces"

A student loves this game so much she brought in neon scrap paper from home:
a hand puppet was made using these bright scraps.

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