One fun thing that you can do at the beginning of the year (or any time, but
the students might have more enthusiasm at the beginning) is to have a
I made up a very long list of things that I would like to have for the art
room. Almost everything was to be found lying around the house or garage. These
were to be things that the family no longer had any use for and that they
would like to donate. Start making a list and you will be surprised at what all
you can put on there!!! Grandmothers love to donate yarn, needles, etc. Anyway,
I put points by each item with larger items being worth more points. Then I
ask the kids to "try" to bring in 100 points. It usually causes each child to
bring in several things. Some kids will "forget" or not participate. But enough
usually will that I get a lot of stuff. This is an extra credit grade.
Remember, they are not supposed to buy anything.
Things like sea shells, rocks, old coins, glitter, thread, needles, old
bones, art books, magazines, glue guns, old tools, nails, .....you get the idea.
This has really helped me not have to buy these things and be able to spend
my art money at new supplies.
I think it might work even better at the middle and elementary level.
Good luck. Teresa in El Paso