The New York Times reports that preschoolers at Beginnings Nursery School in New York use recycled objects, found items, odds and ends, and trash to make art projects. Anything's game here...bottle caps, old vinyl records, dental X-Rays, you name it! What a great way to teach kids to think creatively about art and recycling!
According to the article, the objects are brought to the school's Materials Center where they are cleaned, sorted, and re-purposed for students' art projects and lessons. Teachers can stop by any time of day and take back to their classes whatever they think would be useful in their lessons.
Recent class projects include a fleet of boats that a class of 4- and 5-year-olds made from a bunch of wine corks, as well as a hand puppets made from recycled items.
What do you think of this idea? Does your school ever teach about how important it is to reuse objects?