i had a parent donate a ton of cardboard cigar boxes, so i had my wonderfully talented 5th graders create boxes that were symbolic of them. the outside was meant to be like the outside of them...showing what they show to others. the inside was more intimate--and maybe things that only close friends or family might know.
i have to admit i was a bit worried about how they'd handle the "deep" thoughts here, but was happily surprised when they put forth a ton of great ideas.
they are currently writing about the boxes w/ their language arts teacher, so i'll be sure to post a written description as soon as i see one. :)