My goals were to provide a project that:
**Got my kiddos to think outside the box
**Had them do problem solving on their own (no help from Mom!)
**Use trial & error to become successful!
IT WAS A HIT!
Here's what I did. I got a couple of sandwich size baggies and then went through my HUGE craft box to select some random items and put them in the baggie. For example, one baggie included a bunch of bread twist ties and plastic beads, amongst other stuff. The other bag had popsicle sticks and foam shapes.
I set out some 'free for all' items on the table like construction paper and glue. Then I gave each of my older two their 'baggie-o-goodies'. Finally I had them pick a slip of paper out of a cup. On the slips of paper in the cup I had written various themes. John selected "Summer" and Laura picked "Animals".
1 - The creation must represent the theme in a way that can be easily explained to the viewer.
2 - Every single item in the baggie must be used in the creation
3 - Any of the 'free for all' items can be used...unlimited.
4 - Mom can't give ideas or suggestions
5 - Have fun and be creative...think outside of the box!
Here were their creations!
John's "Summer" Creation: An Apple Tree!
Laura's "Animals" Creation: A Giraffe!