All the stuff needs a home though, or it can become unruly very quickly, so I designated a box and when I came across something I toss it in.
But the real fun is when the box is brought out to the children!
Just provide colored duct tape and masking tape and they will do the rest!
This is a terrific Winter project when those cold winds keep children inside for longer hours and they are looking for something to do. ( read about boredom here)
Most anything that catches my eye. All kinds of lids, bottle caps, paper towel rolls, tags from clothes,bubble wrap, packing peanuts, baling twine, ice cream containers, yarn, broken pieces of toys or household objects (with safety in mind , of course!), cardboard, small boxes, buttons, and the list goes on and on.
Perhaps you could start a Box of Stuff at your house and see what the children come up with.
When they are finished, ask them about it. No doubt there's a name for their creation and a whole story behind it.
To preserve the memory, take a picture and write out their story. They will love reading it in the years to come.
And remember the process is always more important than the product .