Earth Day Recycled Collage

Earth Day is April 22nd, and what better way to celebrate this important event than by making 3D recycled collages.

Now is the time to get those notices up in the classroom and into parent mailboxes; ask for help in donating “creative junk”, as I like to call it. Donations can be from offices, businesses, homes, or other sources in the community. If you are a homeschooler, start a mini bin of recyclables.

The list of items that can be used for this activity is infinite. Just make sure that the pieces used are clean and undamaged. Use your imagination and watch these throw away items turn into artistic pieces of wonder!

MATERIALS USED:

– Cardboard
– Packing peanuts
– Bottle caps
– Jar lids
– Spice lids
– Foil
– Egg carton
– Wine corks
– Pieces of Styrofoam
– Scraps of paper
– Old craft sticks


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Colored Eggshell Collage

Don’t throw away those eggshells after peeling your colored Easter eggs. Here’s a cute springtime activity that is very appealing to most children. It works to stimulate imaginations and foster creativity. We did our collages on butterflies and flowers, but any shape will do. We also chose to keep things simple, but there is no limit to the materials which can be added to these cute collages.

Materials Used:

– Construction paper
– Our free butterfly template
– Our free flower template
– Colored eggshells
– A variety of collage materials (if desired)
– Scissors
– Glue


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Barnyard Texture Collage

A trip to my local craft store inspired this texture filled collage. It all started when I saw the cow print flannel. I decided that I had to incorporate it into an art project for my classroom. I added a few other textural materials, and came up with this barnyard collage.

I am looking forward to seeing how the children use will these items, when they are given the opportunity to create their own. I hope that you all will have fun creating your own barnyard collages.

As an added note, I have found that reading books about the farm and life in the barnyard, makes this a more meaningful art project. A favorite of the children’s is Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming.

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Raffia
– Mini eggs
– Chicken feed
– Cow print flannel
– Woolly fabric
– Feathers
– Glue
– Scissors

Be sure to use all of your favorite “barnyard materials”!


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Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm Pig Craft

We’ve been having such a good time with our farm unit. We read Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm, by Joy Cowley, on Monday and Tuesday, and the children have asked to read it again every day since. I guess you could say they have a slight obsession with the Mrs. and her silly animals. In this story, the animals flee the farm in order to get out of a good scrubbing.

“No more washing!” they say.

The animals make their way into the city where adventure ensues. My kids really enjoy the part where the animals find themselves in a hardware store and make a mess with the paint. So I am hoping that they will also enjoy thumb printing their own splattered pigs.



MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
– Our free downloadable pig template
– Finger paints
– Googly eyes
– Pink pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Glue
– Scissors
– Crayons


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