As a teacher, I find many uses for random household items that most people throw away. Bottle caps, for example, are never disposed of in my home. Just this morning, my children and I played our own version of scrabble using yogurt caps I wrote letters on. They are a great way to engage children in learning (but I don’t dare tell them that). Sometimes I throw in different size and colour lids, just to see how the kids will fit them into the game.
They love coming up with their own rules (problem-solving, cooperation, creative thinking at its best):
“I know – how about the black ones be free letters?” says A.
“Yeah, we can use them when we get stuck, “ adds B.
I can’t help throwing in my own two cents. “They can be vowels.”
And off we go, making up words vertically, diagonally, horizontally, changing rules, adding rules, anything they want, so long as they are engaged.