INSPIRATION can come from the strangest of places. There I was, teaching a 5th Grade class in their homeroom, and on the desk was a craft/activity that they’d done in a previous lesson. Judging by the materials I’ve seen in various classes recently, I can only conclude that they were doing something to do with 3D nets, and these ones were the same rough size as juice boxes.
THE wheels and cogs in my brain started turning, and I thought back to the “Do you like it?” lesson from 4th grade. The activities we’d done for this class were always 2D – perhaps it was time to bring them into the 3D – and the Juice Box craft was born!
- Template, printed on card (download below)
- Double sided tape (1.2 cm or slimmer)
- Single Hole Punch
- Colouring pencils/pens/crayons etc
WHEN you have your template printed out, I would recommend scoring all the lines first, before you cut it out. Once cut out, fold everything so that the lines will be inside the juice box.
THE only exception is the punching of the hole. If your single hole punch isn’t long enough, you will have to fold the flap nearest it so that you can punch the hole easily. This takes a notch out of the the flap, but that doesn’t matter at all.
IF you have younger students, I would advise preparing it up to this stage before-hand. This particular lesson is now in the third grade textbook, and in my school this certainly can’t be prepared for 7 classes of 25 students! It would, however, be great for camp, or filler lessons! I may be using this with a 6th grade class next week!
ONCE the net has been scored, cut out, and folded, you can go to town with the decorating. I’ve based mine off the “Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream?” song on YouTube, a regular for this lesson, but depending on what the craft is part of, you can let imaginations run wild!
THEN comes sticking everything together. There are 7 tabs, but you only need to stick 3 of them down. They’re marked in the picture below.
STICK the longer tabs down first, making sure that all the remaining tabs are tucked inside the box, and seal the bottom last. Everything else stays in place.
THE last thing to do is take your straw and cut it down to size:
AND viola! you have your juice box!
THIS craft adds another level of fun to any lesson about food, which I find can get a little dry after a while…
LET me know if you make these in class, during camp, or simply as a fun craft at home! Are you going to go for crazy flavour combinations? Flavoured milk? Summer party decorations (3D bunting, I can see it happening). I’d love to see what you do with it!