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?