Tag Archive: recycled materials

Celebrate Spring: Egg Carton Flower Bouquets

Spring Bouquet Materials: large egg crates (5-10 cups torn from the large carton per child) tempera paint tissue paper large buttons pipe cleaners The project began by giving each child 5 egg crates cut into individual cups. Older children can cut the cartons up by themselves but for most of my students I tore them…

Open-ended Art: Fabric and Paint on Cardboard

Fabric and Paint is an easy one you can do at home with any scrap textiles and/or ribbon that you have. You can cut up bric-brac for more texture and fun, cut up old stained clothes if you don’t have a fabric bin to pull from or get scrap fabric for a great deal at…

Wood Collage and Painting

Four our wood collage project we used reclaimed wood from an old fence that I picked up in my neighborhood, white glue, and wooden shapes and foam shapes from Discount School Supplies. Usually I encourage the kids to get their squeezing ya-yas out and go for the gusto with the glue but for this project…

Weaving with Recycled Paper

Earlier in the session my classes worked in teams to cover paper bags that I had cut open with tempera paint. We used rollers and brushes to cover every inch of the brown paper. This week I introduced chalk pastels and encouraged them to draw patterns and rub color over the top of strips I…

Celebrating Spring: Recycled Collage (glue/paper/glue)

In this project we used all recycled materials to create an art project with lots of color and fun detail! For our base we used pre cut cereal boxes which provided a nice stiff surface. Any kind of recycled cardboard will work great. After our background was colored with a first layer of ripped up…

Celebrating Spring: Flower Print Cards

Making cards is a multi-step process which includes folding, gluing, printing, and glitter. This offers children practice in fine motor skills control, breaking down a large project into small doable parts, and following directions. We started with adhering a base of card stock onto a folded piece of construction paper. I had pre-cut 8.5×11 card…

Clay with Recycled Materials and Spin Art

Through manipulating clay young children learn about cause and effect and develop their motor skills. I start each child with a ball or slab of clay and encourage them to feel the cool temperature and soft texture. It’s important to touch clay and work it in your hands to understand it’s potential. After hand working…