Saturday, April 12, 2014

Bright Ideas: Challenge Cans

Hi friends! My Bright Ideas post this week is about using recycled materials for math enrichment with Challenge Cans!

To construct Challenge cans you will simply need a few tin cans, duct tape & clear tape.

I wrapped each can in duct tape and stuck the word "Challenge" on the front of each one with clear tape.

 I was working on these during morning arrival and my kids were oooohing and ahhing over these bad boys. I was surprised at how excited they were about duct tape wrapped cans, but they SO were!

Inside of each can I placed a challenge problem related to our current fraction study. I also counted out some counting chips and placed those in each can to give them a little extra oompf. 

Eventually I am aiming to have about 10 cans so that they are not in constant rotation, currently I have 6. I guess I should stock up on canned vegetables!

Be sure to check out more Bright Ideas at the blogs linked up below! :)


  1. Isn't duct tape amazing! I'll have to buy some canned veggies, too!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  2. This looks like a fun way to get kids excited about doing some math enrichment!

    Thanks for hosting this link up! Looks great. This is my first time visiting your blog, can't wait to check out more of it!

    The Math Maniac

  3. I need some challenge cans! Thanks for showing us how to do this... Sounds a lot easier than I originally thought when I first saw you post about these! :)

  4. Great idea - I can make good use of this idea!

    :) Shelley

  5. Challenge Cans look fun! Thanks for sharing your bright idea.


  6. Isn't it funny how some duct tape and cans CAN make your class ga-ga for them?? LOL! What a clever and cute idea! I put my stuff in a folder but cans would be more fun and probably more colourful and inviting too!! Thanks for sharing your bright idea!!

    First Grade and Flip Flops

  7. I love this idea! I'm going to adapt this to meet the needs of my reading intervention groups!! :)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  8. I love this idea and I have PLENTY of duct tape to do this with:) I am curious if students record their answers somewhere or if it just for them to work on and check themselves?
    Terri's Teaching Treasures

  9. I love these! When do you have students use the challenge cans?

    Sara :)
    The Colorful Apple


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