Letter R >
R is for Recycle, Reuse and Reduce
Art Appreciation Visual Arts
The Collage > The Three R's Poster Collage Theme:
Recycle, Reuse, Reduce
and Events >
*April 22 > Earth Day
*June 5 > World Environment
*Nov. 15 > American
Social studies > The Environment
This activity is appropriate for Earth Day-April 22th, World
Environment Day-June 5tg or America Recycles Day-November 15th.
How can young children learn to care for Earth?
One of the ways:
Art & crafts experiences enable children to acquaint themselves
with the natural qualities of the earth such as leaves, rocks,
shells, dirt, wind, rain and sunshine. Children also learn to
observe, create, and remain in touch with the ever changing world,
and to develop a caring attitude towards the earth by learning to
recycle and use materials for art and crafts rather than throwing them away.
For a list of the recyclable materials that can be collected for art & craft projects visit our First
Materials List. These can be discussed during the Earth
Activity Part 1: Discuss some simple facts about Earth Day or
World Environment Day:
What is Earth Day? For young children.
April 22 is Earth Day.
Everybody over the country tries to pitch in and do something that
could help the planet we live in, Earth. It is like a big
Spring Clean Up Day!
A man by the name of Gaylord
Nelson, said there were lots of problems with the environment*.
In a nutshell, smokestacks spewed black smoke
into the air, rivers contained many different chemicals that
contaminated the water, and garbage dumps were full. Our Earth
was getting very dirt. Here are some pictures
that can demonstrate some of these problems.
*What is the ENVIRONMENT?
The natural world: the natural world, within which
people, animals, and plants live. It is regarded by many as
being at risk from the harmful influences of industrialized
Senator Nelson had this neat idea of
having one day in which people everywhere would get together to
clean things up making the environment and Earth a little
Because of all the attention Earth Day got, lots of laws (rules)
were passed that cleaned up the air, land and water.
For grown ups and older children:
For a great article on what these laws are and how they have
affected the environment please visit this page at DLTK.
What is World Environment Day?
This day is celebrated June 5 and it is one of the principal
vehicles through which the United Nations stimulates worldwide
awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and
Here is the World Environment Day Official Web site for
more information on this special day.
Activity Part 2: Discuss The Three R's:
Recycle, Reuse and Reduce.
Let's practice the letter R and learn what the three R's of Earth
These are some simple examples that can be discussed:
Recycle: We should not throw cans, bottles and newspapers into
landfills. These items can be recycled. Don't throw those shoe
boxes away -- they can become toy dioramas or doll houses.
Discuss how these items get recycled.
Reuse: We don't always
need a new piece of paper or a new t-shirt. We can try to
reuse what we already have. We can help keep trash out of the
landfills. How can a piece of paper be reused?
Example: We can use the comics to use as wrapping paper, print
the templates in this web site on the blank/clean side of junk mail
or other discarded paper material. How
can a T-shirt be reused - many pieces of fabric from T-shirts can
make a great quilt!
Reduce - Every home can reduce
the amount of waste/garbage it produces and the landfills would last
years longer. Composting is one way of reducing -- explain how
you can help and/or are helping to reduce.
Activity Part 3: The Three R's Poster Collage.
Visual Arts - related lesson plan: The
Get acquainted with this technique
Make a big Letter R on a piece of paper or tape a few pieces of
scrap paper to make a poster size. Draw the letter and
then have child paint over the letter.
Now glue pieces of newspaper, pages from old magazines, junk mail,
draw bottles and cans on the picture for the child to paint or
color. Discuss how the newspaper, bottles and cans be recycled
Add any other natural materials to the picture for explaining
the other R's: leaves, pinecones, etc.
You probably already have a recycling program already in place
at home. Discuss it and ask child for ideas on how to
recycle! You will be surprised at what they have to
Activity #4: The Happy
Earth Coloring Book and Activities
by EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This is an 12-page coloring book full of tips for making the Earth a
better place. Many of the pages are suitable for young
children and emerging readers. A great source for lesson
* A big piece of paper of tape 3 or 4
pieces of scrap paper to make a poster.
*scraps of newspaper, magazine or junk mail.
* paint brushes
* leaves, pinecones or any other yard material to glue on the