As the summer is coming to a close, you may be scrambling to find activities to keep your kids occupied before they head back to school. Or maybe you just need a great rainy day activity! Either way, do not despair! You can get crafty with your kids and create some very fun art projects using materials you already have lying around your house!
The following activity is from Education.com. If you have not checked out their site, you need to hop on over (after you finish reading this post, of course!) I came across their resources for use in my elementary classroom, but they have you convered for home, too!
This fun activity blends math with arts and crafts. The best part is, you probably have the majority of these items just lying around at home! Your kids will love it!
How to Create Kid’s Artwork with Recycled Materials
Traditional Relief Prints for Kids
Traditional relief prints are made using a block or woodcut, but it’s easy to make your own at home using recycled cardboard. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can print—try making exciting jungle or space scenes, homemade stationery or even a cool printed T-shirt.
How to Recycle Printable Materials
Education.com also has a ton of printable activities. For example, I love the color-by-number and tracing activities for preschooler at home. However, I do not want to waste paper by printing out a ton of pages. Also, my toddler loves doing the same activities again and again…and again.
So, grab a set of sheet protectors and slip your printable activity inside. Give your toddler an expo marker and an old sock for an eraser. The expo marker will wipe right out the sheet protector. I know the sock seems like an odd choice, but it slips right over their little hands so they can just swipe and erase. Now you are recycling those single socks that are left behind from the sock monster!
More Arts and Crafts with Recycled Materials
Use an old egg carton as your child’s paint palette.
Old toilet paper tubes and paper towel holders make great stamps.
Ask your child to make a collage with all of those leftover pieces of construction paper.
Do you have a favorite arts and crafts activity using recycled materials that you love to do with your kids? Please comment and share below!