Tools that Inspire Playful Classrooms
Every day people ask me about creativity and playfulness in the classroom. How to get better at it? How to bring it into the classroom? How to foster a love for creating and playing? I have lots of answers, that I would love to share, but today I wanna share with you a list of the top 8 tools that you can give to yourself, a teacher friend, or to a classroom nearby that will help inspire creativity and playfulness. The best part… All of these items can be here in two days with your Amazon Prime account! If Oprah can have a list of her favorite things, so can I! Check them out!
1. Wonderboom: Music invites creativity and play into all spaces. If you want a high quality sound to inspire students as they work or to put you in just the right mood to create, without breaking the bank, I highly recommend the Wonderboom. It has such a full sound and fills a large space nicely. A neat feature about this little gadget is that it can connect with other booms so that you can set up a surround sound experience. Start creating by setting the mood. Get a Wonderboom ASAP!
2. Craft Tape: For the last few years, craft tape has been a central part of part of all of my teacher PDs. I use it for a variety of learning experiences including pre-assessments, quick checks, ticket out the door, and end of unit review. Ask students in any class you teach to use this tape from GatorCrafts to create art on walls, floors, cabinets, or anywhere you please. It will not hurt the surfaces, and it stays stuck for quite a while. For only $24.95 11 rolls. Such a great deal and will last for a long time!
3. Makedo Kits: Bring your imagination to life with Makedo’s reusable cardboard construction tool kit. You can build anything you imagine using these plastic screws and saws. They are super safe for your students and make building with cardboard super easy.
4. Confetti High Five: SHOWER IN CONFETTI – At the peak of your celebration when two hands come together for an epic moment of high five bliss, you can’t afford not to have confetti blast high into the air and rain down around your creativity! Kids and adults”ooh” and “ahh” over this little gadget. I love to celebrate the achievements of my students and what a better way than a confetti high five!
5. Play-Doh: The very smell of Play-Doh makes my creative mind explode. What can I mold? What can I make? What happens when I mix this color with that color? It instantly takes me back to childhood at my Maudie’s house where there wasn’t a care in the world! Grab this class pack and get your students creating and playing in an instant! Be sure to join them and get your hands on some Doh too!
6. Bullet Journals: Lines are so constricting for me that I could never truly express my creativity in a traditional journal. Doodlin’ is so playful for me and helps my brain learn in a whole different way. Thanks to my friend @JuliePJones, I learned about bullet journaling and my artistic skills have grown ever since. I would LOVE to see some of you start bullet journaling in your personal life and get your students to do it too! I highly recommend the Leuchtturm Hardcover. It is literally my favorite thing!!!
7. Staedtler Pens: If you start bullet journaling, you’ll need good pens. THESE are the ones you want! They don’t bleed through pages, they have a great lifespan, if you leave the top off they won’t dry out, and the case props up so you look really cool when you are doodling in your local coffee shop.
8. The Dot: Author Peter Reynolds is hands down my favorite children’s book writer. I use this book to inspire creativity at least once every week. Vashti and her art teach me daily… “Make a mark and see where it takes you.”
9. Create Bravely T-Shirt: Sometimes you just need to wear the words right on your shirt. This “create bravely” shirt will help get your inner creativity flowing from deep inside and fill your work space. Get it today!