A pack of construction paper can create many, many learning opportunities.
My local Big Lots always has nice pads of construction paper for $1. This one dollar always provides endless projects and hours of learning. Ty and Za create art and presents, and even decorate for the holidays.
Last year we made a Christmas paper chain and practiced sorting, counting, and sharing.
|This year's paper chain for the playroom.|
We are taking our Christmas decorations down, which includes cleaning up the kids' playroom. Za wanted to cut the strips of paper and while I knew this would be messy, I knew I should let her because it is great practice with the scissors.
|Za's cutting project.|
Sure enough, she started cutting and playing with the little pieces. Then she added them to bowls in her pretend kitchen.
|Her homemade salad. Next time, we'll add "mushrooms" and "onions" too.|
Viola! A "salad." I never thought to turn used construction paper into pretend food, but it is an idea we'll have to use again. Stretching the pad of construction paper even farther? - an easy Financial Friday project, almost free.