This wonderful guest post on recycled kids crafts is brought to you by Tammy M. (aka: ‘the bargain babe’) from Zucchini Summer – which surprisingly, has nothing to do with zucchini.
What do you remember about 2nd grade?
I remember my teacher, Miss R.
She’s phenomenal and in fact is STILL teaching second grade all these years* later.
*haha, did you think I was actually going to tell you how many years ago I was in 2nd grade? LOL. No.
I swear, she glowed. She loved teaching and loved us and her face was always shiny. Not in a “you need some powder!” way, in that supernatural way that a person’s face shines when they are doing exactly what they were meant to be doing. That was my 2nd grade teacher.
One day she sent home a “secret” note with all of our parents. They were to save things that would otherwise be trash for us. Cereal boxes, washed out yogurt cups, and so forth.
When the day came to find out what this was for, our little 2nd grade selves were filled with excitement. She made the big announcement.
As it happens I left my stash of trash at home. 🙁 She dug around and found a cheeze it box for me and some other kids gave me bits and pieces of their things. We had a great time working on our individual projects, I remember using a cracker box to make a robot/person.
Last week, I gathered my own two children at home and sat them down to make their very own Whatchamacallits.
The great thing about these is that it encourages creativity and imagination, there is no final “product” to be made. This is not going to be another egg carton caterpillar that every single child makes and they all look the same.
I dumped out our supplies.
|Before heading to a landfill, this stuffis going to get reused!|
I told the kids they could make anything they wanted. A robot, a ‘person’, a plane….
Here is my 10 year old hard at work:
Here is a shot of my 3 year old in action. Working with the tape and candles made for some good fine motor practice!
I relived childhood and created a “person”….he has post it eyes with pompoms, a post it nose, and a rubber band mouth. Later he got an ice cream cone sticker in his mouth.
Final product from the 10 year old…something about Wizards of Waverly Place…I didn’t quite understand, but he enjoyed it. The top cup is hinged and opens up.
There is no real “final” product from my 3 year old. He continued to add and remove things from this throughout the rest of the day.
Here is is when it was a drum:
I hope you get a chance to try this with your kids soon! Start saving a few cups, yogurt tubs, leftover craft supplies, etc. This was a surprisingly great activity for both my 10 and 3 year old children, so if you have a wide age range like we do, this is something you can do together!