It's Scott from Brick by Brick. I love to repurpose materials—use materials in ways different from their intended purpose.
I want to share with you one of the all time favorite activities in my classroom. This activity has been enjoyed by numerous groups of children. In fact, whenever I have this set up in my classroom, someone always plays here. Always. Here's the complicated preparation for this activity.
It's a car! 4 chairs and a steering wheel. My steering wheel is a steering wheel cover. It's just like I bought it at the big box store - on a circle that looks like a steering wheel. I added a little tape to keep it from sliding off. Don't have a handy steering wheel? Use a paper plate. Cut it to look like a steering wheel. Or just use it as is.
My children love this. Every group I've taught loves this.
They pretend to drive to all kinds of places - the store, Chuck E. Cheese, Disney World, grandma's house.
This car is definitely powered by imagination. I usually don't add many other items. Sometimes I put purses (from the thrift store) nearby. Sometimes I add our regular dress-up clothes (also from the thrift store). Sometimes the baby doll and diaper bag. Sometimes a small suitcase to suggest a longer trip.
But usually just the chairs and steering wheel.
It's a versatile vehicle. Sometimes it becomes a sports car, with seats for a couple of friends.
Sometimes it grows to be a minivan...so everyone can ride at the same time.
Add this magical mode of transportation to your classroom. Then sit close by and listen to the conversations and interactions. I guarantee you'll be driving with imagination in no time.