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Uses for Pringles cans?
Old 05-02-2009, 02:02 PM
 
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I have a colleage that would like to know any cool and creative uses for Pringles cans. Does anyone have ideas to share that I could pass on to her please? She has collected a bunch of these! (O:

Thanks very much in advance!

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When I taught fairy tales I combined it with geometric shapes and we used pringles cans as well as boexes to make castles. The kiddos covered them with aluminum foil. I hot glued the finished castles together. Then they added cones on top of parts of their castle. They were neat.
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Somewhere I read an idea to use them to take home papers - they can be rolled and just fit in the can... especially ones you need back.. and they don't get wrinkled and torn.

I'll see if I can find where I saw that..
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Old 05-02-2009, 03:22 PM
 
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rainsticks & nutcrackers during the holidays.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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Pencil boxes, crayons, cube holders for manipulatives,etc., the number scroll things.


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Old 05-02-2009, 04:34 PM
 
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They're great for storing those stackable potato chips in.

(Actually, I'm appreciating the ideas above -- thanks!)
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Old 05-02-2009, 05:37 PM
 
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I have several versions of the game "Bang!" -- sometimes called "Boom!" or other names -- stored in these cans. (i.e. word card game where students reach in, choose a card, if read correctly, they keep. If they pull out the Bang! card, they place all cards back in. -- Also use this same game format with addition/subtraction facts.)

First graders hands fit easily in these cans, and they don't take up much room. Plus, they're easy to decorate by rolling construction paper around.
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Old 05-03-2009, 08:00 AM
 
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I saw somewhere that you could cover the can and write the word family, such as -at on the front. Objects and/or pictures go in the can. I would have two or more families with objects and pictures for students to sort.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:27 AM
 
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You could maybe use pringle cans for student made time capsules.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:23 AM
 
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Our primary classes covered the pringle cans with colorful paper. Then we made flowers from tissue paper and gave them to businesses in our community on May Day.


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Old 05-03-2009, 11:35 AM
 
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Our fourth-graders have a yearly project where they turn Pringles cans into themselves -- they take a styrofoam ball as the head, stretch a stocking/pantyhose leg over the ball and down through the can (cut the bottom off) and then up around the bottom and hold it on w/ rubberbands. Then they add details (hair, clothing, accessories) to make it personalized. Classmates have to try to guess who is who. When my own son was in 4th, he made his into a swimmer (because he's on the swim team) by cutting a Speedo swim cap to wrap around the bottom half of the can as his suit, using Build a Bear goggles on his eyes, using pipe cleaner arms through the middle of the can holding one of his medals, and a towel wrapped around his neck. We added yarn for his hair, photographs of his eyes, drew on the nose/mouth, and he also made a Harry Potter book for his other hand to hold.

Then they tied in some kind of autobiographical writing piece to go along with it. The entire 4th grade ends up displaying them in the school library for a couple of months -- it's something that's become a tradition and families get SO creative.
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For our Space unit, I have used pringle cans to make star gazers. We cover the outside with dark blue or black constructution paper and decorate with stars, comets, etc. I cut out a circle of black construction paper which is the same size as the lid. Using a tracer of a constellation (Orion, Big Dipper, etc.) we use small tacks over the tracer and onto the black circle of paper, which places a pin hole onto the black paper. I fit the black pin holed paper into the lid. On the bottom of the can, I hammer a nail hole using a small nail. By looking through the small pin hole and holding the can up to the light, you can see the outline of the constellation. Not really too hard and the kids love it! I teach second graders.
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Banks
Old 05-03-2009, 06:45 PM
 
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I've seen them used as banks- the kids decorate a piece of white paper that fits over it. In my student teaching classroom and my first year teaching students would earn money for good behavior. Then they could buy things from the "classroom store". Similar to a treasure box idea however they had to count money to get their prize!
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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We used a pirate theme one year and covered cans to be the containers for our maps that we used to mark the settings of the stories we read.
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