With Earth Day just around the corner, I began thinking, "What sort of extraordinary things could I create from ordinary things which might otherwise be thrown away?" Here is just one of my Trash to Treasure ideas.
Go to any Quick Trip or a store similar to that and ask if you could have some plastic cup lids, two for each child. (Stores are usually happy to help out teachers.) I like the sturdy 4" red ones. Instead of placing a straw in the designated spot, place a brad to connect two of the lids. These should be touching each other top to top or flat side to flat side.
After the lids are together, place a few stickers on the outside of the lids. What do you have? A card holder! Just slide the game cards in between the two lids, and they will actually stay there! These are great for little hands which have difficulty holding several cards, or for older hands which aren't functioning like they use to, or for disabled or crippled hands. My grandchildren love them because they can now play Old Maid without dropping and showing everyone all of their cards.
Also, go to my store and download a free version of my resource entitled Trash to Treasure.
It is an eight page handout that features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy-to-construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items. In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.
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