Cardboard Box Challenge
Creative Thinking Prompt: A cardboard box’s original purpose is to hold items. Find 10 unrelated items lying around your house or in your classroom. For each item, design how that item can hold something. Sketch out your designs. What your most unique design? Which design worked the best? Would you use any of your designs to hold a gift that you would give to someone?
Think Deeper: In what ways might you redesign the cardboard box to hold items?
“Create & Design Play Spaces”
Creating Clever Castles & Cars
Have you ever been at a child’s birthday party and the child opens the present only to be more interested in the box it was wrapped in rather than the present? For young children, boxes offer unlimited opportunities to use their imaginations. In Creating Clever Castles & Cars, author Mari Rutz Mitchell lays out simple design plans for kids to create their own play spaces using cardboard boxes from castles to animal habitats to things on the go. Step by step directions and decorating suggestions are given for each play space as well as supply lists. Adults may need to help with cutting and gluing depending on the challenge level of 1, 2 or 3. An additional book feature titled “Little Hands Story Corner” offers picture book recommendations (both fiction and nonfiction) for kids to learn more about the subject of the different play spaces. This book promotes creativity, imagination, role-playing and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Creating Clever Castles & Cars
AUTHOR: Mari Rutz Mitchell
ILLUSTRATOR: Michael Kline
PUBLISHER: Williamson Books, 2006
AGE GROUP: 3-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, flexible thinking, role-playing
1) Using your imagination, sketch what else might a cardboard box be converted into.
2) If you have the space or perhaps set up outside, create a town using cardboard boxes.