Students research, report on, and emulate inventors using these resources.
Inventing All Around the Classroom
No time to make an inventions center? Just add a few great questions to your existing centers!
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:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?