Teach your students (or your kids) about important issues while making fun art and craft projects!
“CIVICKIDS: Make Art. Make a Difference.” was an initiative from the Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) in New York City. It consisted of a lively series of exhibitions, free community events throughout New York City, and a digital call for children’s artwork from all over the world. Each month, a different theme was highlighted as the inspiration for art-making.
CMA holds one of the largest collections of children’s artwork in the world. You can see some of it here. During the CIVICKIDS campaign, CMA issued a challenge to create projects based on themes of civic engagement including leadership, sustainability, kindness, and freedom. This project was inspired by the theme of Environmentalism!
The challenge for this theme was Unusual Upcycled Planters.
See how easy it is to make the earth greener and give new life to everyday materials that would otherwise end up in the recycle bin!
reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original.“the opportunity to upcycle trash, or turn it into new products, was vast”
You can see CMA’s suggested project here or put your own creative twist on this concept like I did! If you’re a fan of Panda Express, you can follow my simple directions for the project I created below, using the plastic “Panda Bowls” that we normally just toss in the recycle bin!