I think it is about learning how to tinker… I come from a family of makers and am so grateful for opportunities as a kid to play with play dough, clay, plastercine, fabric, bread dough, paper, tape, wood etc.
Repeated opportunities with just some little demonstrations of technique has given my kids a lot of opportunities to develop ideas with plastercine. We sometimes do a gallery walk: everyone’s goodies on a central table and we do the walk around to check out ideas.
Another thing that worked well for sharing ideas was taking photos with my tablet and sharing them on a slideshow on the smart board. It was really neat to see everyones 10 piece lego builds in a larger than life scale.
I asked them to gather inspiration from each other for their next iteration.