I love to play with paper and other recyclable materials. With paper I’m often trying to find forms that are simple to make and very useful for teachers of different kinds. Many years ago, I learned how to make a paper cup by squaring an 8 ½ ”x11” piece of plain paper. Simple and useful. I wondered what would happen if I thought of other uses for the cup. The best idea I came up with to hold small manipulatives: words or numbers on pieces of paper, paper clips, counters, etc. So they don’t fall out you can just take the back flap and tuck it where you tucked the front flap. Then I wondered what I could do with the left-over 8 ½ “ x 2 ½ “ strip that was left over from squaring the paper. I found I could use the same fold and make 3 finger puppets from the strip. (Then I could store them in the cup and label them if I wished.) Many teachers and students with whom I worked added to the possibilities. Finally, I wondered what would happen if I went “big” with the same fold. Using a double sheet of newspaper, I found I could create several kinds of hats, make a little trash container to tape to the side of a desk or use as a large container for Valentine cards, messages to parents, etc. Later I made a little “how-to” book showing how to make many things from simple materials and techniques. I show teachers how to use the puppets and hats to retell stories, create original stories and re-enact real life scenarios.