If you put your mind to it, there are probably hudreds of things you can do with those old used cd’s and dvd’s that are too scratched to listen to or watch anymore. They make a perfect addition to your prek classroom, and you can ask for donations from parents. Everyone has them hanging around, so you’ll have no shortage.
Here are a few things you can use them for:
- Tracing: They are perfect for your art corner. They are super easy for little hands to hold onto and trace. It exercises fine motor skills as well as artistic skills.
- Make a rainbow fish: Many prek teachers have a Rainbow Fish unit during the year. Let your kiddos glue some sequins or colorful beads, fins, a tail, and fish lips to the disk. You can tie a piece of thread right through the middle of the disk for hanging. They reflect light beautifully.
- Mosaics: Cut some cd’s up and let your kiddos glue them to frames, wood, or even just paper and display them.
- Christmas Ornaments: Decorate them with Christmas colors, ribbon, beads, yarn, or whatever you can come up with in that great big imagination of yours, and hang them from a tree.
- Pumpkins: Orange sharpie and pumpkin face pieces make super cute pumpkins. Kiddos can glue on stems and vines made from paper, felt, or foam.
- Face wreath: Print out a photograph of each child’s face large enough that it will take up the entire cd. Cut the faces out, glue them on, then hot glue the cd’s into a wreath and display. Prepare for giggles.
- Freestyle art: Give the kiddos sharpies and cd’s and watch what happens.
- Spin it: Put each disk in the bottom of a salad spinner. Let the kiddos drip acrylic paint on the disk and close the lid, then spin away. Let the disks dry and hang with pretty ribbon.
- Make tops: Glue a marble into the hole. Glue a bottle lid tall enough to cover the marble to one side. Now you have a fun top.
- Catch the ball: tie a piece of string to a decorated cd, glue one half of a plastic Easter egg to the cd. Fill a gumball machine prize container with small beads. Drill a small hole in the lid of the gumball machine container and thread the string through, tying a knot so that it will remain inside the container when you close it. Glue the container closed. Try to catch the gumball machine prize container in the Easter egg. Your kids will work on this task for quite a while.
Be sure to talk about the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling to your class before each project that you use recycled items for.
At A Sunny Place Learning Center in Gresham, just outside of Portland, you will find the walls filled with recycled art projects and the children filled with a sense of environmental responsibility they will take into their adult lives.
Trust me, you're gonna' love it!