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Who can resist all the wonderful colors combined in a gumball machine? We used some items from the recycle bin for this fun project!

Start with:

  • Round Cardboard Container
  • Egg Carton
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pom Poms
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Round Wooden Bead

Create It!

Step 1: Cut two segments of egg carton that each contain two egg portions. Round the edges if you'd like.

Step 2: Paint the egg carton segments and allow to dry.

Step 3: Stack the two segments on top of one another and glue together.

Step 4: Glue pom poms inside the round container.

Step 5: Glue round container to the top of the stacked egg carton segments.

Step 6: Glue the wooden bead (a plastic top would work great too) to the front of the gumball machine.

If you are working on colors with a little one, ask them what color pom poms they are gluing or count together how many pom poms there are of each color.

Paper plates are such a handy crafting material - with a bulk supply ready and waiting in the pantry!

Start with:

  • Paper Plates
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock

Create it!

Step 1: Paint a paper plate and allow to dry.

Step 2: Cut the textured portion off of the paper plate (save the center to use for the tail and fins later).

Step 3: From the center portion of the plate, cut two small side fins and a tail.

Step 4:Cut approximately 4 inch to 6 inch segments from the textured portion of the paper plate.

Step 5: Glue the 4-6 inch segments together  to form rings.

Step 6: Glue two ring segments together to create the body of the fish.

Step 7: Glue the fins to the fish.

Step 8: From cardstock, cut out an eye and glue to the fish.

One paper plate will make one fish. A fun craft to go along with an ocean study!

We had some blue and green cardboard left over from another project and decided to cut it into small pieces and make a mosaic!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Painted cardboard, paper plates, etc.
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Step 1: Paint and allow to dry, if you don't already have blue and green materials. Cut the blue and green cardboard and paper plates into various sizes of squares and rectangles.

Step 2: Cut a circle from cardboard. (We used a bowl to trace the shape.)

Step 3: Glue the pieces onto the cardboard circle.

Step 4: Once circle is covered, trim the edges around the circle.

Step 5: Add eyes cut from cardstock if you'd like...or a heart!

This would make a fun activity for a recycle themed activity, for Earth Day, or as part of a planet science unit!

While on Letter E Week with Art the Alphabet, we couldn't help but include perhaps the most popular Letter E animal - the elephant!

Start with:

  • Egg Carton
  • Cardstock
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut four portions of the egg carton.

Step 2: Paint the egg carton and allow to dry.

Step 3: From cardstock, cut two ears.

Step 4: Glue the ears to each side of the egg carton portion.

Step 5: From cardstock cut out eyes.

Step 6: Glue the eyes to the top two portions of the egg carton.

Step 7: Wind a pipe cleaner into a circular spring shape.

Step 8: Glue the pipe cleaner to the egg carton.

Step 8: From cardstock, cut a bow and add polka dots if you'd like.

Step 9: Glue the bow to the elephant.

Elephants are such fascinating animals. There are so many interesting books about elephants. Check out a few of your favorites from the library and include this fun craft for a lesson about elephants!