Before break, children were introduced to “Beautiful Junk,” which are recycled materials that we can reuse and repurpose in the Studio and in PK classrooms. Families are invited to drop off bags of materials in the bins outside of the Studio that we can sort throughout the year!
We began by reading Not A Box by Antoinette Portis. This book is great, as it’s all about a rabbit that uses a cardboard box and his imagination to create a race car, a pirate ship and a robot costume.
Following the read aloud, I brought a large shoebox to the table and children made predictions about what they thought was inside. As I began to reveal the items, children instantly made connections to the book and were overflowing with ideas of what the materials could be used for. We talked about what they were (can, blackberry box, cork, water bottle top) and about what material they were made from (metal, cardboard, plastic). This led to sorting and labeling materials, which now makes it easier for friends to find specific materials that they need for projects.
Jax: Let’s build with straws that bend!
Maya: It’s junk that’s beautiful. Like old plastic cans that you can color to make beautiful.
Leba: That material looks like what you make waffles with.
Uhura: It’s junk that’s beautiful. Maybe someone washed it. Like a can that gets washed can be really shiny.
Kyrie: That material looks like a trash can.
Jahir: If you rub those toilet tubes together it sounds like a frog.
Frances: This is like a net for catching a fish. I know I’m going to catch a BIG fish in this net. Lots of fish, like big fish and tiny fish and little baby sharks.
King: Is it… just trash?
Sallie Chappell: Could I use Beautiful Junk to make a cupcake?
Hope: This material is smooth and soft.
Jacob: Skunks like junk!
Connor: That junk just looks like garbage.
Geo: Beautiful Junk means trash. But… I like it.
Ethan: This thing feels soft. Like a scarf.
Jayden: What can this be used for? Is it a flag? Like for “Capture The Flag?”
Nora: I saw a plastic bottle top on the playground and that’s Beautiful Junk.
Mina: We can use this stuff to build planets. Like Saturn.
Adele: Beautiful Junk is junk that looks good. Like buttons.
Asa: Junk is garbage, but Beautiful Junk you can use again. Like, this is a bag for garlic but now I can use it as a net.
Hailey: Ew… junk like… stinks!
Feel free to drop off any interesting materials that you find around your house for us to create something new with!