Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Math
- Several cardboard boxes (choose boxes that will easily stack and also nest inside each other)
- Tempera paint
- Collage materials, including glue sticks, paper or fabric scraps, old magazines for cutting, and stickers
- Child safety scissors
- Drawing materials, including paper, markers, and crayons
- Creative thinking
- Social development
- Fine motor
Set cardboard boxes in the middle of the meeting area. Ask children to describe what they see. Invite them to organize the boxes by size. Then, suggest they stack and nest the boxes.
Inform children that they will work in small groups to decorate the boxes using a variety of art materials.
Encourage children to paint the outside and inside of each box. Suggest they work together to plan how they would like to design their boxes. When the sides and insides of the boxes are dry, turn each box over and invite children to paint the bottom.
Offer children the option of decorating the painted areas with collage materials, pictures from magazines, or their own drawings. Each child may want to be responsible for decorating a specific area of a box.
Bring children together to share their work. Invite them to now stack, nest, and organize their boxes. Keep these boxes available so children can enjoy their artistic creations and continue to play with them.
Remember: Limit the types of art materials available for very young children or those who may become overwhelmed by too many choices.
Treasure chest: Send a note to families with ideas of how children can create their own "treasure chests" at home. Suggest that parents provide their children with a cardboard shoebox, glue, colored paper, appropriate pictures from magazines, markers, macaroni, and even stickers. Children can decorate their boxes and keep special "treasured" items inside.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LITERACY
Who lives in my box?: Ask children to create a story about something that lives inside their box. Provide them with drawing and writing materials and assist them in writing or dictating their story.
Can You See What I See?: Seymour and the Juice Box Boat by Walter Wick
I Need A Lunch Box by Jeanette Caines
What Do You Want In Your Cereal Bowl? by William Boniface