Sunday, April 28, 2013

Unique Works on a Budget

This is why I hyperventilate when I enter Goodwill or an estate sale. One of a kind, never seen before works that are totally unique to my school. I have blast putting these ideas together and seeing them thrill a child. 
I have hundreds of small motor skill works for my school's Practical Life area. I confess that I find all of them at Goodwill, garage sales and estate sales. Last time I was at Goodwill people actually stopped me and asked what I was going to do with all those strange objects. I did not know exactly yet. I take them back to school and brain storm and add things I already have to finish them into workable exercises. Many of the objects we can not figure out what their original purpose was. 
No matter. They have a new,exciting life now.

If it has holes I buy it!

 I often see these glass things. 
I was told it is for spacing in flower arranging.
It has now become a well used "Make a cherry pie" work with tweezers.
The kids love it.

Old pill dispenser, tweezers and cool buttons. 
A challenge to do for kids. 

Plastic ice cubes and a giant pair of tweezers. 
Thanks, Goodwill, for a $4 exercise!

No one can figure what these things are.
All I know is they have holes. Winner!

Old picture frame with stuff to match. Loving it.

Strange but true. Wooden candle stick with a small ball to flick around and around.
Top ball does nothing. Like it?  No!  They love it!

So, look at objects with new eyes. 
See what it can be, not what it is all old and unloved.
Give them new life for pennies!


Devo said...

The 'make a cherry pie' things are toppers for flower vases -- so you can separate the flower stems and arrange the flowers. :)

I love this idea though ... my son will love this activity! thnx!

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Carolyn Hadsell said...

Thank you for solving the mystery of these unknown objects!

Deb Chitwood said...

Awesome activities, Carolyn! I love the "make a cherry pie" activity! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page:

Amy @ No Greater Honors said...

I have already looked at this a few days ago, but wish I had thought of the 'cherry pie making' I let something just like that slip right through my fingers today at a garage sell!!

Mommy of Many Hats said...

I love these ideas and am definitely pinning them so I don't forget. Thanks so much for sharing. Feel free to check our activities and story out at Now I need to start looking for things with holes. Lol. I know my kiddos would love them!

Cherine M said...

What an amazing selection of activities!! I found you at We Teach and am so ecited! I added a link to this post in a recent post here :)
Thank you for the inspiration!!