more cardboard, please

 We go through a car (or van) load of cardboard each month in ArtBreak. Thanks to teachers who bring it in for us, my husband’s eagle eye for it at Kroger and Lowe’s, and stores’ cheerful willingness to let me haul it off.

Building with cardboard in a group supports children in a lot of ways: mastery of new tools and techniques, social skills (sharing, helping, negotiating for boxes), problem-solving, and the huge satisfaction of bringing one’s  idea to form – to name a few. Building with cardboard in ArtBreak addresses several of the eight main mathematical standards in the state common core curriculum, like “attends to precision”, “uses appropriate tools strategically”, and “makes sense of problems and perseveres in solving them”.

Here are some recent creations: a robot, a model of a chair, and a city.  With our new hot glue gun the constructions are stronger and more easily completed in half hour sessions.

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