One idea that could my eye on Pinterest is "invitation to create" and the Reggio Emilio activity "loose parts play" and "tinker trays". See these screen shots from Pinterest below to see some of the inspiration.
So I decided to combine these ideas into my version of Invitation to Create for my Reading Tumble. The purpose was for the students to be creative and challenged. To learn more about how the Reading Tumble works, click here to go to the post where I explicitly explain how it works.
The next fun part of collecting items that can be reused for different projects and mixed and matched. And every teacher knows that your first port of call are $2 shops.... and I am trawling through them all!
I already had straws and coloured ice block sticks and match sticks and colourful buttons, but I went hunting for more buttons, coloured glass beads and stones and bottle lids.
The first challenge I set my students was for Anzac Day, to make poppies.
On the lid I stuck these instructions. The children are also challenged to post their creations on Seesaw (which our school has gone all out on this year) so there is a record of their creations. Below are some examples of the photos posted on Seesaw by the children with their interpretation of an Anzac poppy.
I've also decided this can be used for my Maths Tumble. So the first challenge is to create algebraic patterns. I'll blog about the maths aspect in another blog later in the year.
To give them a space to create within, I went to The Warehouse and purchased A4 photo frames at $2 each. I removed the glass and replaced it with stiff black paper to be the backdrop.
Then I had to sell it to the students. It was not a hard sell. The children love this activity and the parents have responded with lovely comments on the Seesaw posts to their creativity.
After six days of doing the Reading Tumble rotations I did decide to change the challenge though. Sticking to the Anzac theme, I asked them to do soldier medals.... but many are confused with medals from the Commonwealth Games... so we've had a few interesting pictures.
I also changed some of the materials in there.... but this is what it looks like when children don't put things back in an orderly fashion!!
And here are their interpretations of an Anzac medal....
As we moved into our Matariki theme, I changed the challenge to a planet.
And here are the children's interpretations of their own planet....
What I really love about this activity is that I can change materials in and out, the materials can be used in a variety of ways, they can create many new masterpieces but the materials can be repeatedly used and it unlocks their creativity. I've also learned to not have it too often, otherwise the novelty wears off, so it is one of fifteen slots in my Tumble and I need to change the theme after they have all had two attempts at the challenge.
For this term (and maybe into the next) I have already brainstormed some Invitation To Create activities as you can see below:
And here is one I am planning for maths to incorporate our Lego into learning.
I will blog about how these challenges have gone later in the year to evaluate the whole of Invitation To Create in my Reading Tumble.