Do you have stacks of old magazines, cardboard boxes, or bags of old rags and clothing lying around the house ready to be discarded? Put them to good use by creating an Earth Day-themed recycled collage. Encourage your child to explore his creative side while teaching him the importance of helping the environment.
Flat sheet of cardboard reused from an old moving, packing, cereal, shoe, or cracker box
Clear drying, non-toxic glue
Variety of household items to reuse such as old magazines, soda bottle tops, newspapers, fabric scraps, or even old art projects
Tempera paint and paint brush (optional; look for environmentally friendly, non-toxic paint)
What You Do:
Think up an Earth Day image with your child such as the Earth, a tree or flower, or a favorite animal. When he thinks about the Earth, what images come to mind?
Once he has his image, have your child draw an outline of it on the cardboard with the pencil.
Now it's time to fill in your collage. Ask your child what colors, textures, and shapes he'll need for his chosen image. If he's making a picture of Earth, for example, he'll need a lot of blue and green shapes. Have him cut up the household items into the sizes and shapes he'll need and arrange them on the collage.
Once his collage is laid out, help him glue the shapes down.
Set the collage aside to dry.
Once the glue is dry, have your child add paint to his collage, if using.
Erica Loop has a MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.