Recycled paper craft with kids (updated)

22 Apr

I was walking through a hardware store the other day and I find I  am always drawn to the paint section. Not because I want to paint my house, but because the colour swatches are so appealing! I was thinking that, children in the early years, learn red and yellow make orange and blue and yellow make green and so on, but as I looked at all the beautiful shades of colour I started thinking that it would be good to expose young children to different possibilities of colours. I was thinking I can’t just take one of every colour because that would look a lot like stealing and there is no way I could convince someone that I was painting my house with all the colours of the rainbow!
So I asked the staff if they had any swatches that they had finished with or if there were any discontinued lines. They said sure and they gave me a stack of cards. I was delighted! The reuse of materials and resources is so important and what better way to show children how they can at a young age contribute to looking after their world.
I thought I would list all the ways to reuse colour cards and in doing so expose children to the wonderful shades and hues of the colour spectrum! I saw this particular activity in the Country Living magazine.

1. Paint swatch organizers

Repurpose hardware-store color cards in seconds flat: Simply stack two same-size cards atop each other, right sides facing out, and stitch together along the bottoms and sides with contrasting thread (we opted for red). Then use flathead tacks to attach your brilliant little pocket organizers to a bulletin board, and fill them with pencils, papers, and more.

As a family we are in the throws of a wedding at the end of this week, so my plan is to add some ideas every day, so please bear with me! I am finding that I am very weepy, delighted for my son and his fiancee but sad because we will miss him! So I shall go off and take some photos and return soon!

2. Mosaic letter tiling!

3. Flowers

4. Game board

The more I ‘played ‘ with this idea the more I liked it! An adult could cut the strips for children to use. I like the way this activity is open ended, no two game boards would look the same and it encourages creativity.

5.  Flash cards

I enjoyed putting this idea together as the quality of the cards are excellent and there are such a range of colours children can use to make their very own personalized flash cards. I feel it is an excellent literacy opportunity for practicing writing. You could use any catalogue, as long as each child had two of the same magazines. You could use toy catalogues, home and hardware magazines the ideas are endless!

6. Math patterning

7. Family mobile

8. Yes/No cards

These cards are great as you can hand them out to the children at mat time after you have read a story or for a quiz and they can decide which card is the correct answer!

9. Mini Art work frames

10. Ed Emberley birds

I love Ed Emberley’s art for children

11. Frames for work samples

I like this idea for a number of reasons!

1. Each frame is  individual to each child.

2. It is a great opportunity to practice cutting skills

3. When the frame is laminated it can be used over and over to use as a display in the classroom with different pieces of work

4. It can be used as an assessment tool to follow the progress of children’s fine motor development and progression through the stages of their drawing capabilities.

5. You could also use this activity  to encourage patterning.

12. Very simple paper tole

With this activity it gives children an opportunity to see a different dimension, you could say from a 2D view to a 3D view. I used the smallest square from the paint swatches to create  a ‘raised ‘ picture. (these could be prepared for children before hand as they are quite fiddly!

13. Skyscraper art! With this activity the children could first start with the roller painting wash over the background of their picture and then cut the ‘skyscrapers into any configuration of ‘buildings’ that they liked! I must admit in my haste to put this photo up the paper was not quite dry! I like the movement of the foreground, I might investigate this process on another blog!

14. Story cards This activity gives children the opportunity to make up their own story and develop skills in sequencing a story line (beginning, middle and end). For younger children they could write a number on the back of the card to help them remember the sequence or for fun children could use the cards for stories and simply make up new ones every time!

I recently found this wonderful blog. A young mum living in London with a young child. She has added new meaning to the alphabet with her zany ideas!

Check this out  You could definitely use the paint swatches for this activity. I love it!


14. Update 6th August

I found this neat idea and had to add it for you to enjoy!


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