Anyone who has a child has probably experienced their child playing for hours with a box, rather than the toy that came in it. Boxes, like balls, blocks and sticks, are open ended materials. With imagination, a box can be anything.
I've been inspired by Tom Bedard's box play ideas for children, which you can see on his blog, tomsensori.blogspot.com. His axioms of sensory motor play really ring true, so over the course of the last year I have tried to incorporate more of this kind of play into our school days. The children love it, and consistently return to this kind of play, so I believe it feeds a need in them.
This week I was gifted a rather marvelous set of boxes that fit within each other. I decided to make a creation, and to document the process. Many times I'll make my creations with the kids around me, because I believe they can learn by observing the process, they love to make suggestions and help make decisions, and because I want them to see that tools are not just for men. This time the kids were out for the weekend, and I didn't want to wait to play with the boxes, so I went ahead and created.
My materials, spread out for easy visibility and access, and no need to keep the knife or anything else out of the way of kiddos.