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Go Green: Recycle Newspapers & Magazines to Create Fabulous Art Projects

By Beth Newingham on April 6, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5

A great way to support your school’s "going green" effort is to get your art teacher involved. The art teacher at my school, Katie Hosbach, planned neat projects using entirely recycled materials.

For instance, some students created musical rumba shakers from drinkable yogurt containers donated by families in the school community. Using strips of outdated newspaper, they made a hard papier-mâché shell around the yogurt containers. Students filled the maracas with rice, beans, peas, or popcorn and decorated them with paint.

Some 2nd grade students made cityscapes out of donated magazines after looking at examples of cityscapes done by famous artists. Students understood that since they are reusing the magazines for an art project instead of using brand new construction paper, they were helping reduce the amount of paper being used and recycled, which saves energy.

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