Fun And Easy Recyled Art Projects For Childrfen Of All Ages
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Fun And Easy Recyled Art Projects for Childrfen Of All Ages

Over the past decade or so I have tried to use earth friendly products in my recycled artwork. I tend to do a lot of recycled projects that incorporate recycled, organic and natural materials, I try to limit my use of toxins and solvents. I hold myself accountable and accept responsibility for my own carbon footprint on this earth. I have shied away from painting with oils even though it is one of my favorite mediums. There are too many toxic ingredients involved. I am always searching for new art forms that are aesthetically pleasing and also functional.

It is one thing to approach my projects with a "green" attitude yet somewhat challenging when it comes to other peoples artwork. For instance I recently had to come up with a plan for teaching arts and crafts to children. Luckily, a large majority of the items I already had gathered were mostly organic in nature. I got to show a group of children how to make cool art with a limited amount of supplies. They learned how to use their imagination, about using recycled materials and got a lesson in how to be thrifty at the same time.

I had saved plenty of newspapers and clean tin cans I had saved, along with a drawer full of tape, beads, sequins, glitter, paint and glue. I asked each child what type of animal they wanted to make. I helped them with a quick sketch so we would have a plan and design to follow. Next we added layers of newspaper dipped in glue and water, otherwise known as paper mache, to the can. We developed a body, neck and head. After making sure all of the parts were securely attached we took a break while the glue dried.

This activity took a couple of hours to complete. So we took a long break in between. The children were eager to finish their projects so while we waited we took a snack break, read some books and played outside. It is important to keep a child's focus and attention on their task so after playtime they were excited to back in and paint their works of art.

The children had a great time painting and adding character to their artwork. I encourage all artists to create earth friendly projects. The time spent teaching youngsters is invaluable. We all learn from each other. Some of our best memories are often of learning from family, teachers and mentors. I know the boys and girls who have done arts and crafts with me have enjoyed the experience of making something from things found around the house. They have told me that they love the things they have made better then most store bought toys. Sometimes "old school" really is much better.


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