Creative Reuse Projects

engaging projects in all content areas aligned with common core standards.

Inspired by The Education Center’s studio-style courses and created by Master Teaching Artist Joy Suarez, learn how to creatively reuse items from the recycling bin and free supplies from Materials for the Arts to develop lesson plans.

photo 3 Birdhouses from Binders

Things We Do With Office Binders: Birdhouses Birdhouses constructed from school binders are not only the easiest way to creatively reuse a typical classroom supply but also an enriching project that can be integrated into Science and ELA studies! You …

Fabric Bead Necklace Fabric Bead Necklaces

                Making necklaces out of fabric can be useful as a study in different cultures. You will need: Plastic straws Scraps of colorful fabric Colorful yarn or thread Glue Small paintbrush Plastic dish …

tunic No-Sew Tunic, Skirts & Capes

Costumes don’t need to be confined to the drama department. They are engaging, hands-on ways to explore history, cultures, commerce, and geography. They can be used to enhance the study of literature through role playing and can add to the …

accordion Accordion Book

Accordion books can be constructed without stitching. They are composed of a continuous folded sheet of paper that you can also stand up to view all the pages at once. This bookmaking style has a rich, global history. As a …

envelopes-2 Envelope Books

Book-making progresses from simple to complicated, making the process great for any age and all learning levels in the class. This particularly easy-to-make project has a variety of uses from pocket poetry to creative research presentations, plus it can enhance …

scarf_final2 100 to Infinity Scarves

A wearable art piece that can also teach numbers? Create a chain-linked scarf from an old shirt or from reusable fabric strips without any needle and thread. This loopy scarf can teach colors, numbers, and measurements (or just be a …

Fractal Carpets Fractal Carpets

New York City is the promised land of take-out and delivery, and with delicious pad thai comes a multitude of plastic utensils. (Or if you sporadically cook at home, how often do you buy new boxes of pasta for various …

cd81 CD Cube Display Cases

Students can use CD display cases to create in-depth collages for lessons in all content areas. These can also be an easy and inexpensive way to organize cluttered work spaces and show off your favorite knickknacks or art projects. Materials needed: Four …

p1240071 Kente Cloth

Textiles are symbolic and unique to different cultures. The Kente cloth is a silk and cotton fabric native to the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Originally, a sacred cloth of kings, it has now become an icon of African cultural …

cdcalendar CD Calendars

  With the rise in popularity of portable gadgets that have more than one function, CDs have become a piece of technology that can be retrofitted to become portable educational games or even a simple calendaring device to teach students …

t-stick T-Stick Puppets

Suggested Reused Materials: Base: a dowel, chop stick, frame piece, natural wood or cardboard tube Arms: Popsicle stick, skewer, chop stick, cardboard strips, straws Head: Styrofoam ball, plastic Christmas ornament, model magic, felt, fabric, ping pong ball, large beads, belt …

sock-puppet Sock Puppet

Puppets inspire students to read, reread, rearrange, recreate, and retell stories. Sock puppets are flexible and tactile tools for bringing historical and fictional characters to life, creating engaging presentations for informational text, and expressing emotions and feelings. Suggested Materials List: Body: sock …

chess-and-checker-board Chess

Make a simple basket weave game board from a cereal box or thick paper. Check out our paper room for supplies.  Game pieces are made from flat buttons and telephone wire, the bottom button needs to concave to hold sculpture …

math-materials-tray2 Math Materials Tray

A great way to save on classroom supplies is to make your own math materials. These may be designed to meet all learning levels in the classroom as well as become more complex  in design and usage from grade to …

focusmask Focusing Tool Mask

Focusing Tool Mask: Poster board File folder Fabric paper Card stock Felt Permanent markers This mask is a great tool to use in science investigation as well as focusing in on a math equation or vocabulary word. You can make it …

cardinal-1 Bird Mask

Bird masks provide an engaging hands-on experience for science, ELA, or social studies lessons. Using a combination of colors, textures, and materials, this simple guide can serve as a template for creating any bird. Suggested Reused Materials: poster board or …