Classroom Preparation – Inspire Creativity

Preparing the tables in your adult classroom can mean the difference between a boring class and a creative class. Imagine sitting down to a bare table. Boring. Now imagine sitting down at a table spread with colorful markers, small creativity-inspiring toys, name tags and name cards on which to draw, whatever you can find that might inspire conversation about your topic.

Color inspires creativity. So does fun. And it doesn’t have to be expensive.

Consider putting some of the following on your classroom tables:

  • Colored markers (maybe even scented ones!)
  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Name tags and place cards to personalize
  • Hacky sacks
  • Gumby and Pokey
  • Rubber ducks
  • Matchbox cars
  • Silly Putty
  • Curious paperweights
  • Small mechanical toys
  • Legos
  • Small stuffed animals

One of the advantages of having little “play things” on your tables is that you can use them for introductions. Ask each person to choose something and explain why when they introduce themselves.

Be creative. Keep your eye out for small, fun, curious and colorful objects that might inspire creativity in your classroom.

by Deb Peterson.

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