these ideas aren't very creative, but I thought I'd share anyway.
Pringles cans are good for holding rulers. (I know, how boring)
I use coffee can lids for dice games. They use the lid as their playing mat and have to roll the die/dice inside the lid or they lose a turn. It keeps them from turning dice games into a craps table. .
You can use the pringles lids by putting 2 back to back and connecting them with a brad (paper fastener) and then the kids can use them to hold their cards when playing a card game (we use Everyday Math).
I use large formula cans and have the kids decorate them as their Valentine's holders.
You can fill the coffee cans with plaster of paris and a wooden dowel in the center with a large clothespin glued at the top of the dowel - use to make sign holders like "Writer's Workshop" or "Readers Workshop,"
Potato Chip Pronouns - write pronouns on a rectangle and a sentence on another rectangle. Make 10 sets. Set out sentences and let student match the correct pronoun with each sentence.
Coffee Drops - write words on "drops of coffee" and have students alphabetize.
Potato Chip Time - use clock patterns to make clocks, drawing different times. On "dip" shape write times indicated by clocks and have students match clock to time.
Salty Signs - Write two numbers on strips of paper and have students determine >,<,=.
Pringle Tales - record the first paragraph of a class story on a blank piece of construction paper. Put the paper in a Pringles can with a blank piece of paper and a glue stick. Place the can on a student's desk, invite him/her to write a paragraph that adds to the story and illustrate. Glue to previous strip, add another blank page and pass it on. Continue until everyone has had a chance to write and illustrate their portion of the story. Let class think of an ending and read and "publish" the story in the reading center.
If magnets stick to the coffee cans you can put some magnetic letters in the can and have students practice their spelling words by sticking them on the side of the can.
If magnets don't stick, you can store scrabble tiles in either container and have students practice their spelling words.
can be used for sight words games like "rotten apple" or "crash." Write the words on tongue depressors or sticks and add "boom" or "crash" or "gotcha!" to a third or so of them. When the students pull out those sticks, they have to put all the sticks with words that they read, back into the can!
Also can be used for comprehension. Write comprehension questions on them (What is the setting? What is the problem? What happened first? etc). Students pull 1 or 2 out and either ask their reading partner or can do it independently and then tell their answer (orally or record).
I read this idea a few years ago (somewhere)...You can use it to review a variety of things:
For example: 4 Types of Sentences
Type up numerous examples of the 4 types of sentences, include several strips that say "KABOOM", fold all of them, and drop them in the Pringle Can. Then, Divide the class into teams. Teams take turns drawing slip of paper out of the can. If they identify the sentence correctly, they earn a point. However, if they draw out a KABOOM slip, they lose all their points and have to start over. The kids love it!
I think I will use it this year to review propaganda techniques and to review reading vocabulary.
I use pringles cans as time capsules at the beginning of the year. The kids each get a can and a decorate it with wrapping paper/ construction paper and we place all of our time capsule papers in these. The kids open their time capsules in June.
Another PT poster shared this site and I have been distracted looking at all the great ideas there! If you visit www.kidscount1234.com and click on Literacy Centers you can scroll down and see her Word Family Cans. I'm planning on making some for my class - I thought you might enjoy seeing them too
I am covering old formula cans w/ scrapbook paper, different designs and can use to put gifts in and then top it off with some colored tissue paper sticking out..I might even bake cookies for the holidays and stick them in these cans!!
Great for a BOO gift this week...