A school project using recycled materials is a way to teach children the importance of recycling and taking care of the planet's natural resources. It may lead the students to further participation in recycling activities. Reusable materials are also an inexpensive alternative to purchased materials. Age appropriate recycling projects can be fun for primary (elementary) school children as an Earth Day project, or as part of an environmental lesson.
Tissue box crafts
Empty tissue boxes can be used for a wide range of projects. All materials needed are usually readily available in most households. An empty tissue box can be used as a hair accessory holder. Children can decorate the tissue box with glitter, gemstones and lace. Once decorated, an empty tissue box can also be used to store plastic grocery bags. The student can later recycle the tissue box and the plastic grocery bags as well.
Baby food jar air freshener
Baby food jars can be collected from students with infant and toddler siblings or relatives. To create a baby food jar air freshener, fill the clean jars with potpourri. A paper doily covers the top for a fancy look and to keep the potpourri from accidentally spilling out. The doily is then secured with a rubber band placed around the neck of the jar. The rubber band can then be hidden with a piece of decorative ribbon.
Traditionally, mosaics used to decorate floors or walls include pieces of stone, pottery or glass. Primary school (elementary school) students can create a mosaic with magazines. To make a mosaic, have the students cut small pieces of magazine pages and then glue onto cardboard or heavy stock paper. The students can use different coloured magazine pieces to form a picture, random design, or lettering.
Brown bag kites
Students will enjoy making and flying a brown paper grocery bag kite. The students decorate the paper bag with markers, crayons or paint. Using a hole punch, punch a hole in each of the four corners of the bag top. To prevent the hole from tearing or spreading, place a small piece of masking tape over the hole and punch a hole with a pencil or use paper ring reinforcements. Feed long lengths of string through the holes and tie them together; the string pieces form the kite handle. Glue paper streamers to the bottom of the paper bag to make the kite's streamers. To fly the kite, the students hold the string handle and run.