Friday, May 27, 2011

Make Your Own Computer

In looking through my photos, I found this picture.

We were using different types of communication to tell good news to people. I like this activity because it uses a mixture of real and homemade resources.

I didn't make the computer but found it in our resource room. Some thoughtful person had made it and left it for us to use. The monitor is a box covered with black paper. Then a white rectangle was added to the front for the screen. Two holes were punched in the side. The keyboard wire and the mouse wire were plugged into the holes on the side. Ta-da! A computer.

I remember wondering how the homemade computer would be used by the kids. Would they just see it as a box covered with black paper? Would they be unhappy that the type didn't really appear?

Well, here's some of what they did.

The kids typed on the keyboard and moved the mouse. They used the telephones and wrote notes, too.

I always enjoy the kids' imaginations. And a box covered with black paper can be a conduit to that imagination.


  1. I LOVE this idea! We haven't quite moved on up to computers with all of the children yet, although I do let the older ones use my laptop. We have a typewriter for them ;). It has been an amazing addition to our writing center. I bet we can get one of these fancy new computers you have though too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. We've used my laptop a couple of times in the classroom - but I get so uptight with it. (Guess I just can't say yes to that yet!) But they loved using this "computer" almost as much.

    And I want a typewriter. I'm remembering the great one I gave away several years ago....

  3. I love that the screen is just blank - leaves room for the children to use their on imagination even more!

  4. I'm no teacher but I'm the youngest sister of a nursery school teacher and another one that works in a middle school, and I work as a volunteer in day nursery and I wish the kids that are in the school that I work in had something like that, it would be interesting to see what they would do with it.