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to see the "Recycled Sculptures" by the Fifth-Graders at
South Road Elementary in Wakefield, RI
At RRIE, you'll discover an ever-changing variety of materials and products ideal for use as educational tools. We suggest you collect many different types of materials each time you visit. Be sure to have a special designated spot in your classroom to store shoelaces, foam shapes, caps, cardboard cones, shiny mylar, and binders. Then watch the ideas develop!!!

Following are some ideas we've developed or collected here at RRIE. If you have suggestions or ideas for creative and educational projects using recycled materials, send them to us by e-mail or just mail your suggestions to:

    Recycling for R.I. Education
    P.O. Box 6264
    Providence, RI 02940

And if you're in the area on one of our RRIE Open Days, bring in a sample of your project with instructions on how to make it so that we may share it with others.

Roger Williams Zoo publications

Thread

Yarn
Just in!

 

 

 

Tinsel
Silver, gold and black

Colorful Paper

Thread

 

 

 

Award Ribbons

Rolls of Colorful Ribbon

Beads

 

 

 

Colorful Plastic Spools

Variety of Materials

Caps and Bottles w/Covers
Just in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yarn

 

A FUN FACT TO KNOW!
Every year on the Vernal Equinox (which occurred this year on March 20, 2009 at 7:44am), you can stand an egg on its end.

Bags are plentiful!
Great Mothers or Father's Day Gift Bags – Decorate with a multiple of stuff from the Recycle Center.

Necktie Dress
Great project for a sewing class.

Send Us YOUR Ideas!Blowin' Bubbles
Bubble blowing is a favorite activity for kids of all ages. Whether you make your own bubble wand from a pipe cleaner or from materials at the Recycle Center!

Magnificent Bubble Stuff Recipe
Mix together 6 parts water, 2 parts dishwashing liquid (recommended: Joy for its ecologically safe ingredients) and 3/4 part light corn syrup. Mix. Store in a covered container.

Junk Yard Bubbles
When you can't find the bubble wands or the bubble blowers, try finding a substitute! What can you discover in the kitchen or garage that can make big bubbles? Little bubbles? Lots of bubbles? Ask your parents permission first, then try experimenting with all that "junk" you find around the house. Try a spatula, a wisk, a tennis or badminton racket or a cookie cutter.

Make Your Own Bubble Wand
Still can't find a bubble wand? Make your own from a pipe cleaner or a piece of craft wire. Use your imagination. Will a star-shaped wand make a star bubble? Try it! Or, use an old 35mm film canister from the Recycle Center.  Glue a small piece of plastic canvas  or a filigree earring to the inside cover, then decorate the cover with beads to make a handle.  

Paper Frog Puppet
A simple-to-make frog puppet made from supplies at the Recycle Center.  This puppet's mouth moves!

SUPPLIES:  A piece of paper (use oversized dividers from the Recycle Center!), a green crayon, a small strip of paper , a red crayon (or red paper found at the Recycle Center!), glue, scissors, markers or crayons, beads for eyes.

    1. Using the green crayon, color the piece of paper green.  Remember to color in circles for bumps on his back!  Fold the paper in thirds, forming a long rectangle.

    2. Fold the long rectangle into fourths, making a "W" shape.

    3. This "W" shape will be the frog.

    4. Draw eyes on the frog (or glue on bead eyes).

    5. Cut out a long tongue from the small strip of paper.  Color it red and glue the end of it in the frog's mouth.

    6. Put your thumb in the frog's lower jaw, and put your other fingers in the upper jaw. You now have a frog puppet that has a VERY big mouth! 

Create Your Own Characters
Using cardboard cones, some adhesive-backed paper, glue, construction paper, and a ball, kids can create story characters, angels or trees. Dress them up with yarn, fabric or glitter for added detail.

Make Math More Fun
Use the checked wallpaper found at RRIE to teach younger students about units and older students about graphing or mark the squares in centimeters or inches to help kids learn measurement.

Mega-Projects
Make that big project with ease by using RRIE's bolts of fabric, gold and silver mylar, tubes, poster board and many more different types of materials. To celebrate Mardi Gras or the Chinese New Year, make a float or a dragon the length of your classroom. Explore Egypt by creating King Tutankamen's head piece, or re-create a Native American village by building a teepee.

Picture Frames & Nameplates
It only takes two scrap pieces of wood to make nameplates for the new school year or picture frames that every parent is sure to love.

Volcanoes
All it takes is cardboard cones from RRIE, baking soda, vinegar and food coloring to make your very own mini-volcanoes. Erupting soon in a classroom near you!

Worm Beds and Greenhouses
With plastic foldover trays from RRIE and a little backyard soil you can make a house for worms or a place for seeds to grow.

Don't forget ... send us YOUR ideas!


Recycled Sculptures

The projects shown on this page were created by Fifth Graders at South Road Elementary School in Wakefield, Rhode Island under the direction of Elizabeth Schenck, Visual Arts Educator. The cones and cylinders used were from Tytex, Inc. in Woonsocket, RI and Recycling for RI Education.

RRIE congratulates these students and their teachers on their wonderfully creative use of recyclables, and thanks them for allowing us to showcase their work on our web site.

Click on any image for a larger view.

Black Tower
Black Tower
Blue & Red Tower
Blue & Red Tower
Boy & Girl
Boy & Girl
Candy Cane Castle
Candy Cane Castle
Circle
Circle
City Towers
City Towers
Clown
Clown
Girl In Red
Girl In Red
Horse
Horse
Moon Launch
Moon Launch
Moon Rocket
Moon Rocket
Oh, Like A Rock
Oh, Like A Rock
Rainbow Castle
Rainbow Castle
Red Bird
Red Bird
Spring's Blooming
Spring's Blooming
Star Towers
Star Towers
Summer Castle
Summer Castle
Take-Off
Take-Off
Tall Tower
Tall Tower
Triple
Triple
Twin Engines
Twin Engines
Twins
Twins
Twin Towers
Twin Towers
Walt Disnet World
Walt Disney World
Train
Train
Undersea Camera
Undersea Camera

Objectives
Students will: understand ways to assemble sculpture from recyclable objects and create an imaginative sculpture by assembling and joining found objects.

National Visual Arts Standards
Content Standard #1: Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes.
Achievement Standard: a) Students know the differences between materials, techniques, and processes.

Content Standard #3: Choosing and evaluating a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
Achievement Standard: a) Students explore and understand prospective content for works of art.

Content Standard #5: Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others.
Achievement Standard: a) Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

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