About This Lesson Plan

SUBJECT
Arts and Creativity, Arts and Crafts, Visual Arts, Recycling

GRADE
1-3

DURATION
30 Mins

COLLECTION
Hands-On Lessons

Recycled Wind Chimes

Add a decorative flair and new sounds to your classroom with these handmade, environmentally friendly wind chimes.

OBJECTIVE
Students will find a use for everyday objects by building wind chimes out of recycled materials.

MATERIALS
Elmer’s Washable School Glue*, 3D Washable Paint Pens*, Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick*, Elmer's Glitter Glue*, empty plastic water bottles, plastic lids, string, recycled noise-making materials (optional: empty Elmer’s Glue sticks or Elmer's Glue bottles)

SET UP AND PREPARE
1. Begin by collecting recyclable materials from home and in school for the chimes. Some examples of materials include: empty and cleaned plastic water bottles, empty and cleaned Elmer’s glue sticks, old xylophone keys, cans, clothespins, spoons, old game pieces, bells, keys, and any other supplies you can find.

DIRECTIONS

1. First, let students decorate the lids (or “tops” of the wind chimes) by using Elmer’s Washable School Glue or Elmer's Washable School Glue Stick to glue down colored paper, buttons, and other materials.

 


2. To make chimes out of plastic water bottles, wash the bottles out and let them dry. Next, invite students to paint the bottles, glue colored paper around their surfaces, or add details using 3D Washable Paint Pens and Elmer's Glitter Glue.
 

3. Once the bottles have dried, glue a piece of ribbon across the bottom of the bottle so the “chime” can hang upside down once dry.
 

4. Hang the finished masterpieces in the classroom and take pictures to share students’ art online!

*Elmer's® School Glue, Elmer's 3D Washable Paint Pens™, Elmer's® School Glue Stick, and Elmer's® Glitter Glue are all registered trademarks of Elmer's® Products, Inc.

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