In the summer, my own art-making gets put on hold because I’m home with my kids for school break. I always manage to teach a few weeks of camp to help pay for my own kids camps and thus it works out – all kids are happy and busy :)
So, here are some pics from what I called the “Think Outside the Box Challenge”.
The kids were given some plain old brown boxes I found at a recycling center. Then they were shown a world of materials that they could use to transform their boxes into something else. When they were done, their teacher shouldn’t be able recognize their creation as a “box”.
I had a black hefty garbage big filled to the brim with fabrics. I had yarn, scrapbook paper, wall paper, 1980’s colorful buttons, feathers,basket fill, paint, markers, card board thread bobbins , glue, old jewelry components and a giant lump of polymer clay for each kid. I also had old clear transparency paper for the kids to use for windows… The sky was the limit on odds and ends that could be used to CREATE.
Here were some of the Think Outside the Boxes…
When the kids were done, one of them said “Ya know, I could actually play with this at home. I have little dolls I could put in there”.
In the olden days, that’s what we used to do. We’d create something to play with!
It’s a great skill to be able to think outside the box. It’s a life skill that if started early will show up in everything you do later in life.