So I did.
I didn’t want to.
I followed directions.
I put paper down on the classroom tables before the students painted.
BUT I saved it.
I reused it.
Layers of spills and dribbles from August to December
Pictures within pictures.
A few hidden signatures.
Then just in time for gift giving
I cut the 6 gigantic table masterpieces into a bizzillion strips.
…and taught my little 4ft friends how to make trashy GIFT BOWS!
Cheers to following a silly rule.
…I still think the kids should learn how to wipe down a table themselves…
Cheers to always finding a way.
Cheers to my little 4ft friends taking home their own trash.
These things I know to be true…
Chocolate will always sound good
Santa has got to be real
And kids will not use stubby crayons
I had my 4ft tall students round up all the stubby crayons and place them in the muffin tins and candy molds I bought at a thrift shop. Each day, while I eat my lunch in the teacher’s lounge, I melt them in the oven.
They are now selling like hot cakes on the Prize Cart at school. The kids are actually using their reward/good behavior tickets to buy back their own trash.
…and I am behind my desk giggling
Cheers to less plastic on the Prize Cart
Cheers to swirly colors that make marks
Cheers to trash that transforms into treasures
I am on the hunt for an economical, compostable and package free tape for my Art classroom. Until I find it, or figure out an alternative….the ball keeps growing.
I can’t help but wonder, is it possible to create a zero waste classroom?
A place where we can build and play, deconstruct and remake,
explore and design
…all without adding to a landfill.
Cheers to the challenge.
Cheers to trying the untried.
Cheers to the magic every child sees in a growing tape ball.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
Vincent Van Gogh
Replacing paper towels with rags just put us a step closer to being a trash free classroom! I did a happy dance when the school recently bought a washer and dryer. Every Friday I do a load. I put the clean rags in a bucket on the left side of the sink and a bucket on the right side to catch the used ones.
Cheers to hopefully planting a seed in little brains.
Cheers to maybe saving the school a little money.
Cheers to trying to fix a problem one little step at a time.