On October 31, hang these eco-critters—spiders, pumpkins, and ghosts—in your classroom to celebrate!
Students will make Halloween mobiles out of recyclable materials found in the classroom.
Fiskars scissors; wire hangers; yarn; rubber bands; felt; white paper; recyclable materials (water bottles, plastic containers, flat plastic lids, paper towel rolls, plastic sandwich baggies, brown bags, foam, string, straws, newspaper, leftover scrap paper and art materials, and anything else you can find!)
SET UP AND PREPARE
1. To kick off this lesson, send students on a scavenger hunt to collect recyclable materials from different rooms in your school.
2. Once you’ve collected enough materials so each student has approximately seven objects, teach students about the importance of recycling. Explain to students that you’ll be using these materials to make Halloween mobiles!
Here are some examples of critters you can make:
1. Peel the label off of a 16 oz. water bottle and paint the bottle black.
2. Cut three holes along each side and insert straws for the legs. (The bendable straws are the best kind.)
3. To make the head, cut leftover Dixie cups in half. Then glue the bottom of the cup to the cap of the water bottle. Add eyes.
4. To give your spider an edge, add leftover art materials—such as scrap paper, glitter, or felt—to the body of the spider.
1. Fill a brown paper lunch bag with balled-up old newspaper. Stuff the bag until it takes on a round form.
2. Twist the top of the bag to make a stem, and fasten with a clothespin or rubber band.
3. Have students paint the brown bags orange, and the stem green or brown.
4. Have students cut 2 triangles out of felt for the pumpkin’s eyes. For the mouth, let students create their own designs out of black felt and glue them on the pumpkin.
1. Collect plastic grocery bags and fill with newspaper. Tie a rubber band around the top portion of the bag (this is the ghost’s head).
2. Have students carefully shred the bottom half of the plastic bag, all the way around.
3. Cut strips of leftover white paper, or use shreds of toilet paper, to tuck underneath the rubber band.
4. Fasten the critters to a wire hanger with long pieces of yarn. Hang your creations in the classroom for a Halloween party!