My class (the class I just sent off) loved staplers. We've been using them the last few weeks - not for anything particular, just using them.
A couple of weeks ago I came across this on the take-home table.
Since it looked very interesting to me, I snapped a photo. I'm always intrigued by what I'll find on the take-home table.
Later I heard a child talking about what she had done. "...and then I put it on the table," she said to a friend.
"Tell me about what you did," I said.
"I made a bag," she said.
I went to look at it again. Of course it's a bag. That's exactly what it looks like.
Sometimes I think I don't have a good imagination. Kids always seem to see possibilities that I never can. I would never think to make a bag...and then to execute it like this.
And then I wonder if I sometimes hinder the creativity and imagination of kids. Do I prepare activities that allow them to create or do I limit what kids can do with materials? Does my limited perspective limit theirs?
I'll be thinking about these things every time I see this photo. Creativity is boundless...unless I tie it down.