Recently we had fun using cups and pet food containers for art. We used them for stamping.
Press a cup into the ink and stamp circles. We were thinking and talking about families, so I encouraged kids to use the circles as faces.
Some did. Some didn't.
But exploring and using the cups and small bowls with the ink pads was a fun and creative experience.
So often we get locked into ways to use things. I do this even with my repurposed materials. We use things this way.
But letting a little creativity and a little "out of the box" thinking can encourage lots of new possibilities.
I hope as you work with preschoolers, kindergartners, or any young children, you open up to possibilities. Place a few items on a table and encourage the kids to think of what to do with them. Place a few unusual items in the block center. Paint with something other than a brush.
We are living in a quickly changing world. Thinking in new and different ways is (and will be) a valuable skill.
Encourage new and different thinking. Even if that's just putting paper cups and ink pads on a table and seeing what happens.
(My favorite ink pads - ones that will totally wash off hands, arms, etc. with soap - are from Discount School Supply. I get nothing from that company. Just wanted you to know about these great ink pads.)