Before Mr. Koehn left to graduate he started the 6th graders on a clay project (he had a passion for sculpture) that had them creating clay snowflakes. I have never tackled a project like this and wasn't sure if we could make them more than a "cute seasonal project." But I think we have that covered.
On a side note, we did a few things during this lesson that helped make it all run a little smoother...
#1 We all have those students who finish early and have "nothing" to do (even though you have a file of projects they could work on). This project had a lot of "left overs" that they were happy to wedge for me.
#2 Clean up can be a bit tedious. I made the requirement that they give me a "ticket" on the way out the door. Some classes were required to bring a piece of clay from the floor. Some classes were required to bring me a specific number of papers.