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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …