Recycling Tree

What You Need:

  • Cardboard tube
  • Newspaper, magazines, or other used paper products
  • Yogurt or other plastic container
  • Fabric scraps
  • Stones or pebbles
  • Clear drying, non-toxic glue
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Research different types of plants and trees with your child. Help him to choose one to make. Look for a photograph or scientific drawing that matches your choice.
  2. Cut old newspapers, magazines, flyers, worksheets, or other paper items into leaves or strips.
  3. Attach the paper leaves to a cardboard tube trunk (or stem if your child is making a plant) with dabs of clear-drying glue.
  4. If your child has chosen to create a plant, help her to cut flower petals (if needed) out of the reused paper or fabric scraps. Attach these to the top of the cardboard tube with glue.
  5. Set aside to dry.
  6. ‘Plant’ your child’s creation in a reused plastic container. Fill the container with rocks or pebbles. Add some cut fabric scraps for colors. Firmly place the cardboard tube down through the rocks/pebbles in the center of the container.
  7. Add an extra step and paint your floral creation. Help your child to mix a rainbow of unique shades and hues, and then dab color onto the leaves, petals and more.

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