First we painted our corners and the cardboard (our base) that would be glued under it.
Then we let them dry.
Then we got to assemble our houses, castles, forts, pyramids, water slides........
With a wonderful variety of things that had been donated to the art room.
We painted using tempera paint. We glued using white liquid glue-sometimes way too much! And we decorated with wooden sticks, paper scrapes, leather scrapes, foam pieces, puzzle pieces, leftover die cut leaves (I don't think I'll EVER use them ALL up!). Buttons, bottle caps and anything else I thought would work. I did this with grades first to third and happily have enough to do with my fourth grade starting next week. Some of the larger classes took 2 class sessions to paint. But some of that was because of logistics. Handing out stuff, clean up and so on.....
I tied in architecture and what an architect does. I read some classes this book, if I felt I had the time.
I love doing art with my students that re-purposes things that might otherwise clog up a landfill. How about you? Do you have a favorite recycle project??
Thanks for reading!