RECYCLED MATERIALS KIDS ART WALL PROJECT
In line with our love of recycled arts and crafts, I have developed an obsession with saving, collecting and storing recycled loose parts. I see potential in every milk bottle cap, empty cardboard roll, egg boxes and lids of all shapes and sizes. Our garage is becoming our very own private recycle station...my husband may be slightly losing his mind.
In the name of all recycled projects we've done so far, this one has to be, hands down, our favourite; and one we'll be returning to again. Older kids will definitely enjoy being part of the beginning phase, selecting objects, designing the layout and sticking them onto the base.
ALL YOU NEED IS:
A large sheet of cardboard for the base (or a couple joined together)
A range of recycled materials - ours was mainly cardboard tubes, rolls, egg boxes, paper coffee cups, polystyrene, corks, craft sticks and milk bottle tops
A craft knife or scissors if you want to shape the objects
A hot glue gun
Paint and brushes
I first got the idea of a texture wall from Art Bar Blog, who by the way have so many really neat creative art ideas for kids. After seeing the results of their collaborative art project; I couldn't wait to create our own.
I left hubby with the task of managing the creation of the wall one Saturday morning. He's actually really creative and was more than happy to take charge of this one. The end result was not only a recycled art wall, but a recycled collage art wall. Our rascals weren't too interested in the initial stages of the wall but couldn't wait to get stuck in to painting it.
That afternoon we took it to our friends place so that all the kids could have a go at painting it. At various stages they came and went, adding their own creative flair to it. The wall came out again the next day back at our place, and further work was done on it. It stayed in the garage for a couple of weeks and came out again over the weekend, when the kids seemed like they needed something to focus some energy on. It's like the gift that keeps on giving, and we'll continue to add to it over the course of the next few weeks.
Overall it's a really valuable collaborative project for kids to learn group work skills, communication skills and how to support each other. Initially there were conversations around ownership of certain parts of the wall, which then turned to asking each other if it was ok to paint a part of the wall that wasn't theirs. This eventually led to lots of movement around he wall as they chose things that they liked the look of and wanted to paint. They had to work out a system of sharing brushes and paints and taking turns.
We can't wait to create another recycled wall art project in the summer. I'm hoping next time, the kids might be more involved with the initial design of the wall.