In a message dated 02/25/05 10:21:07 PM Eastern Standard Time,
do i really need to collect everything i can?
Not necessarily. You can send a "wish list" home to parents requesting
whatever it is that you want.(magazines, wood parts, unwanted jewelry, etc.) One
year I added a sewing machine to the list. I ended up with two! Now that
parents know that I can use odds and ends in art class they send loads of it in.
However, what you may want to collect is stuff that you won't be getting
from the parents..like masks for example. I like to hang these around the room
for inspiration/ideas and it helps when I do a mask lesson to show the
students a variety of different masks. They love to touch them also.
Small plastic toys are something else I collect. I put them in a basket at
the drawing center and the kids can set up their own mini still-life.
The stuff does take up valuable SPACE so be choosy with what you save.