Making a trashy collage for earth day

Making a trashy collage for earth day

Through some of our reading materials, the children explored ways we can help take care of our earth. One part of this is being aware of what we do with trash….

After we played our “Trashy Fishing Game,” the  children used some of the left over materials to create a trashy collage…

To make their collage, the children stared by sorting through the items we collected in our trash pile…

Then the children selected a few pieces of trash they would like to glue on a sheet of construction paper…

In our trash pile were plastic lids, pieces of cardboard, scraps of plastic baggies, newspaper squares, and other odd items.  While sorting through the trash, we used the word “recycle” and what it meant to recycle…

The children printed the word “trash” on their paper since this was our new word of the day.  We often illustrate the words that go onto our word wall through our artwork…

Super simple and a great way to promote lots of conversation about trash, recycling, and taking care of our earth…

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  • Shane @ FamilyHour Posted April 15, 2012 1:22 pm

    Trash art is always fun – so many ways to be creative! We’ve participated in some trash costume parties, which can be pretty fun, too 🙂

  • heather at wordplayhouse® Posted April 16, 2012 11:55 am

    We love using recyclables in our projects because they are free art supplies! It’s wonderful you are instilling lessons about recycling and Earth Day with your students!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 16, 2012 11:07 pm

    Thank you for stopping by Heather! Yes – recyclables offer up a great supply of things for children to do with very little cost! So many benefits!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 16, 2012 11:08 pm

    Haha – I have never heard of trash costume parties!

  • susan @ munchkins and mayhmem Posted April 17, 2012 12:17 pm

    Thank you for this post on recyclable art. It’s amazing how kids can make art from anything and it saves so much money because you already have the supplies. A lot of museums do this too.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 18, 2012 1:59 am

    Yes – it would be fun to take the children to a museum to view their recycled art!

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