Every April for Earth Day, 1st and 2nd graders in my children’s school make 2 recycled art projects. One is a group project – a robot made with the help of adult volunteers. The other is a project done at home. One year, we made animals; another year it was hats; this year it’s vehicles.
My kids love the at-home project. The kid making the recycled art collects items from our recycling bin for several weeks. However, while he’s actually making his project, his siblings hover around like vultures inspired to make their own recycled art right then and there. There’s always lots of masking tape involved.
Big brother helping little brother with his tank. Yes, despite being a Catholic school, the first grade teacher was okay with the tank idea. She knows my kids love military history, and we spend a lot of time visiting local military sites.
My contribution – figuring out how to make the tracks on the side of the tank. I cut an egg carton in half and put the dimpled parts on each side. Then I cut up a milk jug into stripes for the pieces that go around the dimples. And yes, I usually don’t help much with the hands-on aspect of the project; I try to be the advisor more than the builder. Unless I’m needed to hold something.
Do your kids like to make stuff from recycled items?
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