Create a Trash Art Masterpiece!

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Using colorful, clean trash items that cannot be recycled, make a wall mural.  Consider a theme like a rainbow, a garden, an undersea landscape, etc. and help children identify colors, textures, patterns.

Before starting this activity, be sure to get permission and ask for help.

What You Need

Butcher paper or newsprint
Clean, colorful items that cannot be recycled, for example, food/snack wrappers, plastic straws, used wrapping paper.
Glue or tape

What You Do

Arrange and secure items to paper to create your masterpiece!

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