Cardboard is a versatile material in creating and imaginative play. Egg cartons make for great sorting containers, while paper towel tubes serve as tunnels and pipes.
Because of it's versatile and malleable nature, foam makes for a great exploration tool. It can be used anywhere from printmaking to building a study in buoyancy, to a forgivable surface for hammering.
Glass collection jars and disks bring preciousness and importance to everyday objects, inspiring a sense of wonder within children. baby food jars are utilitarian in painting, scooping, mixing, sorting, storing and SO much more.
Metal engages so many of our senses! Between it's shiny appearnace, hefty weight, varying flexibility, and distinctive sound, metal is alwasy and intruiging material for children to explore.
Shells, nuts, rocks, moss, clay, and twigs: many things from our outside world can be found here and are available for closer examination.
We teach the proper use of tempera, acrylic, and watercolor paint at Plymouth. To support these very different media we develop the skill of using many different painting tools, from brushes to brayers and pallets to cups.
Drawing, watercolor, easel, construction, tissue, roll, handmade, large format, small sizes, recycled, reused, scrap, lined, writing, poster, craft...so, so many papers.
With so much plastic surrounding us it is easy to pverlook it's creative potential. Bottle or squeezable yogurt caps aid in sorting and counting practice. Bubble wrap is a great tool to teach about texture.
Wood items range from basic building blocks to lengths of tree branches, Popsicle sticks, to clothespins.