5 Item Creative Challenge

“Mom, will you put some random things in front of us and see what we can make with the stuff?” Maggie asked. “Umm, yes Maggie, that is a genius idea! Now close your eyes!” (By the way, nothing makes me prouder than when my kids come up with creative learning moments on their own!)

The above scenario occurred due to recent high temps keeping us inside more than we would have liked. Being bored of the usual Playdough, Lego, arts/crafts, and tv, Maggie’s imagination introduced us to the 5 Item Creative Challenge.

For today’s challenge, the kids were given:

  • a tub of playdough
  • a popsicle stick
  • a strand of thick yarn
  • a paintbrush
  • a crayon

The only rule to this learning moment was that the kids had to use each item they were given in some way, shape, or form. It did not have to be presented in the final product, but it had to be used in the process of making it.

With the 5 random items in front of them, the kids went hard to work. There was a lot of trial and error, and a lot of sharing ideas amongst each other.

Maggie decided that she was going to make a volcano spouting out lava. She broke the popsicle stick into pieces and used the crayon to draw bones on them. She said that when the volcano erupted, the lava killed the animals and all that was left was their bones. (Gotta love the imagination.) She used the paintbrush to add texture to her volcano.

Johnny decided to make an axe with his items. Using the crayon, he rolled the PlayDough flat and made it into an axe head. He then mounted the axe onto the popsicle stick and decorated the popsicle stick by tying the yarn at the top. He used the paintbrush to add little dots onto the axe head.

Rosie made different letters with her items and had me guess what letter she made. Each letter required something different, but she was able to use every item in some way.

I love how something so simple and unplanned can foster so much learning and creativity. We definitely plan on doing this challenge atleast once a week, changing up the items each time. I look forward to seeing what they come up with!

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