I don't think outside of the box- I think about what i can do with the box
My Three-year-old class first learned about the people and places in their neighborhood. We collected cardboard boxes and primed them all white while we thought about what kinds of buildings they could find in their neighborhood. Then each child, there are 14 kids, was given one side of the cardboard box and asked to create a building from their neighborhood. Paint and additional supplies used were all leftover yet reusable materials from other art projects throughout the year.
Our class also worked with clay to create a flower garden complete with clay bugs and mosaic flowers. Each petal of the flowers is created using a different artistic technique.