Spools of fun!

Cardboard spools are such a fun resource to upcycle into all kinds of uses in the preschool classroom. The children and I started saving different sizes of cardboard spools about half-way into our school year and once we had a nice collection, we put them to good use…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

When I say I collected all sizes of cardboard spools, I mean ALL sizes including these really big cardboard spools I found at our local box recycle place. There were six very large spools in all that someone dropped off so I gathered them up to add to our spool collection…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

The rest of the cardboard spools I saved were mostly empty ribbon spools…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

Now that we had a nice collection of cardboard spools it was time to put them to good use. One of our first uses was to engineer up a fun painting process. The children made their own paint rollers by pushing a small dowel rod through the center of one or more spools…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

Once their paint rollers were put together, then the children rolled the spools through paint…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

And then rolled their spools on paper…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

This process is a great way to bring STEAM into the classroom as it combines the engineering of a painting tool with the creative art experience of painting with the painting tool…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

For some of the children, the engineering aspect was what they found most interesting while others looked forward to the painting process…

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

I have some more ideas to share with you on how we used both our big spools and small spools as tools in the classroom so be sure to check back!

Spools of Fun by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-06-25T06:00:38+00:00June 25th, 2014|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

2 Comments

  1. matthew June 27, 2014 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This is a brilliant idea – I must try it in some of my pre-school art classes!

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