Knowing how much Little Miss F. loves her Circle Basket and her Metal Treasure Box, I decided I wanted to create a wooden box. I learned from her interactions with her Red Discovery Basket that she seems to prefer treasure baskets that have lids for her to uncover.
Based on Little Miss F's love of her Circle Discovery Basket I decided to make a Metal Treasure Discovery Box. As I planned for this I was initially inspired by Nicole from The Kavanaugh Report’s guest post on The Naptown Organizer Blog use of a wire kitchen strainer as a basket. I love it when invitations to play are housed in aesthetically correspondent or complementary materials--such as having a using a natural woven basket for wooden blocks, or a tin bucket for clear plastic materials.
When I was a middle school teacher I used contact paper all of the time because it allowed me to transform regular cardboard boxes into nice looking sturdy containers on the cheap. I wish had photos of this but this was well before digital cameras!
In early childhood contact paper is a great creative art material. It can encourage collaborative, fluid, re-arrangeable art. The experiences encourage process thinking. It is really fun and engaging sensory play for babies, toddlers, and children alike. It is movable, interactive art that stretches the mind and body!