I had to get another 12 punches out and a stack of paper. Everyone had a plan and purpose. If the teacher was doing it, it had to be fun. So we had a demonstration on where the paper slides into the punch and a lesson on taking care of them and they were off to the races. Suns, butterflies, stars, hearts, bathtubs, ice-cream cones, and gingerbread men were popping out of sheets of colored paper.
It was unplanned--and yet it turned out to be really productive time. They had to share the punches and show others how they were used. Paper was traded and bartering skills were learned.
I gave each of them a cup to save their punches in. I figured that they would have to make a fun page for their books with all the effort they put into punching out the shapes.
I've loved punches for years and have quite a collection. I use them often for projects in preschool, cub scouts, and scrap booking. I don't generally let the kids use them--haven't really even thought to till today. I'm sure that they will be requested again.