Step 1: Raid Your Recycle Bin
Gather up, several different boxes, bottles, bags and tubes for kids to choose from. The more shape choices available for your Crafty Challenge, the better.
Step 2: Set-up Supplies
Create a "craft zone" table space for the kids to work at. Include the recycled items as well as a multitude of arts & craft supplies. Anything you have laying around the house will work, but here's what we used:
Beads & Sequin
Sponge & Paint Brushes
Step 3: Explain the Rules
Ok kiddos, here's your challenge, should you choose to accept it. Come up with and create a project of your choice using only, the supplies that are on the table. You do not have to use every supply, but you do have to use at least 1 item from the recyclables, and either a paint or glue. Everything else is up to you. You've got 1 hour. Go!
Results: Here's the outcome from my own boys' Craft Challenge!
Tanner, my 9 1/2 year old, thought hard about the elements of his project and then got right to work. He decided to create a collage, using the paper mat I'd laid out to prevent mess. He chose to use paint, glue, crayons, the cap from a limeade bottle, bottle caps, a piece of twine, felt scraps, pipe cleaners and the craft sticks to create his eco-master piece.
Tristan, my 7 1/2 year old, sketched-out his idea first. He then got to work making a "punching box". For his design he used a mailing box, twine, 3D Paint and Fashion Paint. He's a minimalist in that way. ;-) He painted a "Mr. Bill" inspired face on the front, with the word "Ow" for effect.
We'd love to see what your kids come up with, so please post links to pictures here. Good luck!