Kids home for winter break? Keep them busy by creating a winter scene made from recycleable materials. This green craft is a great way to spark kids curiosity and teach them how to reuse materials in a new and fun way.
How to Create a Winter Scene with Recyclable Materials
You will need to collect a few items in order to build your winter scene. In these two examples we used; a box that oranges came in, plastic egg, cotton balls, cardboard, tissue box, gatorade bottle, egg carton and straws. After you have a few different items let you child explore how they can manipulate and create a new object.
We did research about penguins, talked about the environment in which they live and what that would look like. Let your child lead the project. It may take them a few attempts at figuring out how to use their materials in a new way. Through trial and error they will learn new ways to create their vision which will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Painting Tip: I suggest using acrylic paint when painting plastic. Be sure your child is using a paint shirt and you have covered the work space. A garbage bag taped to your table or a plastic tablecloth works great and provides easy clean up.
Assembling Tip: I suggest painting the pieces separately and then attaching once the paint has dried.
Once everything is dry, enjoy a cool wintery scene from the warmth of your house while teaching your child how to create with reused materials.
Guest post by Jamie Hand, online art instructor, busy mom of two and blogger at Hand Made Kids Art. Follow her blog for creative kid projects and video tutorials.
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