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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …