Spools of fun!

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on June 25, 2014

in Creative Art, Engineering, Paintbrushes Not Required, Painting, Spools of Fun

Spools for 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…

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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…

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

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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…

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

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And then rolled their spools on paper…

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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…

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

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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!

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