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Recycled loose parts

I’m used to using loose parts in the classroom, I love them. I’m known for using recycled materials in the classroom, really, what preschool teacher isn’t? Another thing that I just might be notorious for – I cannot throw away craft materials, I just can’t do it.  These facts make the project that I’m currently working on the ideal project for me.

I had a ton of strips of scrapbook paper left from another project, and I had pinned this photo awhile back:

What an awesome idea! I thought that I could roll up the paper and my students could create with it.  I started rolling, taping each new addition to the roll. As I rolled the strips it occurred to me that these would be a great addition to the block area – similar to spools, but smaller.  So I started making a variety of sizes, wrapping each in clear tape to protect them just a little.  I’m not quite done yet, but my students are already intrigued, they can’t wait to get their hands on these little paper rolls. I am so excited to see what they do with them.  Here are a couple of other ideas that I found on Pinterest, can I just say WOW!

I will be sure to share photos of the children using these!

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