Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Creative Thinking
- Collection of empty cardboard cereal or cracker boxes
- Brown butcher paper or white drawing paper
- Glue or tape
- Old newspaper
- Clear packing tape
- Pencils, markers, and crayons
- Chart paper
- Fine motor
- Language and literacy
Collect enough empty food boxes so there's one for each child. Stuff each box firmly with newspaper. I Use clear packing tape to secure the lid of the box. Wrap each box with brown butcher paper. Keep a few unwrapped boxes aside to use during the activity discussion.
Ask the group to create a list of different types of foods that come in boxes. Record their comments on chart paper.
Pass around a few different types of food packages for children to look at. Invite them to notice how the packages are similar. Discuss the things that are on each package, such as pictures or the name of the product. Show them where other information can be found, such as where the product is made and what ingredients it contains.
Give children the "blank" boxes and explain that they will create their own food item and package. Discuss the types of things they can put on their boxes, like a drawing of the food, a game on the back, and a list of ingredients. Invite children to create a realistic food item or something silly.
Encourage children to first sketch out their ideas on their boxes in pencil. Next, offer them markers to complete their boxes and provide help if needed. Keep some food packages available so children can refer to them for ideas.
Bring children together to share their new products. Encourage them to compare their work. I low many different types of food products were created? Which one is the silliest?
Remember: Some children may find it difficult to think of and design a new food product. It may be easier for them to make a food box for a familiar food they enjoy.
Looking at boxes: Send a note home asking families to place a variety of packaged food and household items on a table. Suggest they work with their children to sort the items from biggest to smallest. Ask them to encourage their children to compare the weight of each box. Which is the heaviest? Which box is the lightest? Of the small boxes, which is the heaviest? Of the large boxes, which is the lightest?
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: MATH
Sing a jingle: Invite children to make up a song or poem about their new food item. Then suggest they perform "commercials" for each other
Cereal (Where Does Our Food Come From?) by Gretchen Mayo (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library)
George's Store at the Shore by Francine Bassede (Scholastic)
What Do You Want In Your Cereal Bowl? by William Boniface (Price Stern Sloan)