Using Recycled Items

How am I going to use recycled items in my classroom???  Well how about using carpet samples that carpet stores don't need anymore?! Did you know you can get them practically free, if not totally free from carpet stores?  I paid .50 each and I am going to use them for a WIDE range of things. Here are 2 ideas for you.

This first idea is a management tool. I call this the "Magic Carpet".  I only have one piece of carpet out and I tell my students that if they would like to sit on the "Magic Carpet", they have to be listening quietly at the carpet area (our floor area where we listen to books and do calendar)  every day.  Then randomly I will pick a student to sit on it! They love being the only student to sit on the nice, comfortable "Magic  Carpet" instead of the thin carpet on our floor!


This idea came from my 1st grade team- It's a welcome mat! It's an alternative to making Christmas ornaments and giving them as a present from your students to their parents.  I was in dire need of a new idea for the kids to make for their parents for Christmas!  It's so CUTE and quite easy. Here is what it looks like:
  • Make sure you have parent volunteers to help you do this project.
  • Use acrylic paint (Roberts, Michael's, etc)
  • The tree in the middle is just a sponge that is die cut into a tree!
  • Use old rags and a tub of water to wash off their feet.
  • To wrap it up and make it an official Christmas present, get large brown paper bags from your local grocery store.  The students can decorate the brown bag by making a tree with their hand and green paint. Just stick a few pieces of red and green tissue paper in it and you have a great present.

Here is the cute poem that you send with each welcome mat:
Click HERE for a download of the poem. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I'll answer as soon as possible!

Check out these blogs that have ideas on how to use
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Amanda said...

Those carpet squares would also make a nice spot for squirmy readers. It gives them a tangible, concrete "spot" to sit on. This would fit perfectly with The Daily Five independent reading time. :) Cute floor mat too!

Kristen Phillips said...

I know its February but I just saw your idea for the welcome mat. I love this idea and wanted to share what I have done before! We make Rudolph's by using the students foot as the head/face and their two hands as the antlers. Of course the nose and eyes can be made with their fingerprints. They turn out SUPER cute and everyone loves Rudolph! I usually have the parent volunteers outline the entire mat with painted strings of holly and use the kids fingerprints again to make the berries. I wish I had a photo! Just wanted to share since I always receive so many awesome ideas from your site!

Anonymous said...

I have also cut up an old carpet into little whiteboard erasers. The carpet was dark so it never looked dirty.

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