This is a fun art activity that exercises your students' creative thinking! In the weeks prior, I ask teachers at the school to send their empty tissue boxes my way. They sure accumulate fast at a school! After introducing the project to the students, I invite students to take a tissue box home with them that day.
I send this home as an optional contest. It would make a great Earth Day project, or a collaborative team building activity! It's amazing the ideas that they come up with!
I typically recognize all participants with a certificate and a little, pocket size pouch of tissues. The winners received the same, as well as a sketch book.
You could easily follow this up with a writing activity: write a story about your creation, write a poem to go along with your new box, or write directions/steps for someone who would like to make a box like yours.