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Trash to Treasure: Creative Reuse in Your Classroom

Instead of tossing all of those scraps, extra pieces and odds and ends, take a look at how to creatively reuse what you already have on hand. This collection provides ideas on what to reuse, how to reuse it and what kinds of activities you can do with your new-again materials!
A Collection By Erica Loop
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Trash to Treasure: Creative Reuse in Your Classroom
  • Erica Loop says:
    Not only does this lesson plan come complete with materials and a vocabulary list, but it also has a reflection section. I find that adding a reflection element encourages a deeper level of creative and critical thought.
  • Erica Loop says:
    Stacks of newspaper magically transform into an awesome art material in this video. I found it easy to follow and filled with an imaginative idea for classroom fun!
  • Erica Loop says:
    This master list makes creative reuse easy. I enjoyed the fact that each idea includes a grade-level use grading.
  • Erica Loop says:
    This documentary really struck a chord with me. As an art teacher, I’ve always known what the cost of materials are. The ability to take other ‘non-art’ objects and turn them into creative materials provides a way to keep kids creative without the added cost. Seeing how a creative reuse center works and how it can help a real classroom is priceless.
  • k6educators.about.com
    k6educators.about.com

    Unique Ways for Reusing and Recycling Items in Your Classroom

    5 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    This article features something that often goes unnoticed – the cost of organizing your classroom. The creative reuse ideas aren’t for student materials, but for ways to hold those materials. Genius!
  • your.kingcounty.gov
    your.kingcounty.gov

    Set Up Your Classroom to Encourage Reuse

    2 minute read
    Erica Loop says:
    What I love about this the list is the true creativity. Recycling scrap paper is kind of a no-brainer, but this list adds in so many ways to reuse other types of everyday items. I could see printing this page and posting it in the classroom as a constant reminder.