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Inventing All Around the Classroom

No time to make an inventions center? Just add a few great questions to your existing centers!

  • Grades: PreK–K

You can be sure that inventing is happening throughout your classroom by asking children to consider the following as they work in your learning centers:

 

Dramatic-Play:

  • How many ways can you use a scarf, pillowcase, or paper bag?
  • What can you invent to help you carry your baby doll or your groceries?
  • What do you need to change your house into a pet store?

 

Blocks:

  • What can you build that can be a place to park all the cars and trucks?
  • How many ways can you build a road that is as long as the classroom?
  • How many ways can you build a bridge, castle, apartment house, or tower?

 

Science:

  • How many different objects can you use to invent bubble blowers?
  • How can you use sponges to pick up things?
  • How many ways can you use paper to make wind?

 

Sand and Water Tables:

  • What can you invent that will keep the sand (or water) from leaking out of the colander?
  • How many different materials can you use to invent a boat that floats?
  • What can you invent that will move sand from one container to another?

 

Outdoors:

  • How many ways can you make a shadow?
  • What can you invent to dig with in the sand?
  • How many ways can you balance a beach ball between you and a friend?

 

Art:

  • How many ways can you change a piece of paper without using a tool?
  • What can you invent with newspaper, paperclips, and rubber bands?
  • How can you draw with more than one crayon at a time?

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  • Subjects:
    Cleverness, Creativity and Imagination, Scientists and Human Endeavor, Working with Families and the Community, Inventors and Inventions
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