Art & Craft Supplies
Turn Trash Into Treasure. Turning materials that might otherwise be thrown away into art supplies is a great way to keep trash out of landfills and save money at the same time. Encourage students to bring in items like baby food jars, egg cartons, or newspaper—all can be turned into masterpieces with a little creativity. Transform large cardboard scraps into murals or make masks out of milk jugs, for instance.
Get Help From Nature. For seasonal inspiration, just look outside! Nature provides some of the best arts and crafts supplies in the form of leaves, pebbles, pinecones, sand, or even fruits and vegetables. Students will enjoy collecting specimens for a colorful fall leaf collage, or picking the perfect pinecone to roll in peanut butter and seeds for a simple birdfeeder.
Buy Safer. Conventional art supplies can be harmful to both students and the environment. Many crayons, for instance, are made with petroleum, while trees are demolished in order to make new drawing paper. Instead, seek out healthy alternatives with all natural products like soy crayons, beeswax modeling wax or recycled sketchpads.