Making a trashy collage for earth day

Through some of our reading materials, the children explored ways we can help take care of our earth. One part of this is being aware of what we do with trash….

After we played our “Trashy Fishing Game,” the  children used some of the left over materials to create a trashy collage…

To make their collage, the children stared by sorting through the items we collected in our trash pile…

Then the children selected a few pieces of trash they would like to glue on a sheet of construction paper…

In our trash pile were plastic lids, pieces of cardboard, scraps of plastic baggies, newspaper squares, and other odd items.  While sorting through the trash, we used the word “recycle” and what it meant to recycle…

The children printed the word “trash” on their paper since this was our new word of the day.  We often illustrate the words that go onto our word wall through our artwork…

Super simple and a great way to promote lots of conversation about trash, recycling, and taking care of our earth…

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Shane @ FamilyHour April 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Trash art is always fun – so many ways to be creative! We’ve participated in some trash costume parties, which can be pretty fun, too 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm - Reply

      Haha – I have never heard of trash costume parties!

  2. heather at wordplayhouse® April 16, 2012 at 11:55 am - Reply

    We love using recyclables in our projects because they are free art supplies! It’s wonderful you are instilling lessons about recycling and Earth Day with your students!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 16, 2012 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Heather! Yes – recyclables offer up a great supply of things for children to do with very little cost! So many benefits!

  3. susan @ munchkins and mayhmem April 17, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this post on recyclable art. It’s amazing how kids can make art from anything and it saves so much money because you already have the supplies. A lot of museums do this too.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 18, 2012 at 1:59 am - Reply

      Yes – it would be fun to take the children to a museum to view their recycled art!

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