I just came back from the KidMin Conference in Columbus, Ohio last week – AMAZING experience, by the way! – where I went to a seminar on the 5 C’s of 21st century learning. One of these C’s is “creativity.” The speaker decided to stretch our creativity by having us create a tower using any item in the room. Her word of exhortation to start us off was this: Don’t “think outside the box.” That inherently puts a box in the picture. Be creative.
I thought we were being pretty creative till the guy on the left stood up on the table and lifted the ceiling tile so we could continue to build!
The speaker then explained that an activity like this could be used when teaching a lesson on the Tower of Babel, which just so happened to be our lesson at First Alliance Kids for the following Sunday!
I gave our kids a few more limitations than we were given in the seminar at KidMin, mostly because I was afraid that they would stack bookshelves on the table! I gave them a box of random items from our supply room including popsicle sticks, rulers, pipe cleaners, tin foil, and a few other oddities, then charged them with the task of working as a team to create the tallest tower they possibly could. It was such a fun learning experience! Here is part of their tower in progress:
It was a great intro to our lesson on the Tower of Babel – and so simple to pull off! What are some ways that you’ve encouraged creativity in your classroom?