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Imagination Spring-board Activities are resources that I have created and used to combat the "color-by-number" mindset that has been used so much in our society. 
 
The "color-by-number" mindset dictates that children should use their imagination and creativity within pre-set boundaries...I believe in the opposite mindset: That the imagination simply needs something to "Spring-board" off of! 
 
Below are activities that I created and implemented to help children expand their minds and use their creativity in playing, working, learning, expressing and growing!
 
 
 

"What's in the Box?" 
Springboard Activities
 
 
Another type of Springboard activity that I have created is called "What's in the Box?"  These are activities that all start with some sort of "box" and lead to other areas of creativity, interest, exploration and discovery for children.  Below I have included many of the "What's in the Box?" activities that I have used and had great success with. 
 
(Sometimes I opt to bring in the actual item as I have pictured, and other times when this isn't possible, I use the photos as below as a jumping
-off point!)

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(Imagination Spring-Board Activities are original creations by myself, Amber Hayes.  Please DO NOT claim them as your own or supplant them onto other websites unless credit is given and a link to the Gems-for-the-teacher website is listed!)


     Printable Springboard Activities    

These are springboard activities that don't require too much instruction or materials...Just a pencil or crayons and an imagination!
 
A different spin on the "Springboard Concept uses shapes to kick-start children's imaginations!  Encourage your class to use the shapes already on the pages and create a picture around them!

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Shape Templates
 
The next 9 pages are templates for Bulletin Boards, crafts and even interesting notes home!  I have included them in different sizes!  Get creative!  Use the cloud shape as a sheep or the hearts as butterfly wings!
 

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  Memo Sheets
 
These memo sheets are printable and ready for your special parents notes, memos to yourself or special
letters to your students!
 
 

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Some of these templates or memo sheets may need to be copied and pasted into a program such as word or publisher to be printed- others may be fine to print straight from the browser, depending on your printer and settings.  Don't forget to set your printer to "Landscape" for the horizontal pages! 
 Have Fun!

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