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Trash to Treasure

FlapJack Educational Resources
While searching teacher blogs, I came across Flap Jack Educational Resources.  Sra. Corra, also known as Mrs. Green, creates clever and useful things for her classroom from what might be considered trash.  I think she might be better named "The Trash to Treasure Lady".  She also has quality products at her Teachers Pay Teachers store:  FlapJack Products

Her blog caused me to think about: "What sort of extraordinary things could I create from ordinary things which might otherwise be thrown away?"  Here is one of my Trash to Treasure ideas.

Go to any Quick Trip or a store similar to that and ask if you could have some plastic cup lids, two for each child.  (Stores are usually happy to help out teachers.)  I like the sturdy 4" red ones.  Instead of placing a straw in the designated spot, place a brad to connect two of the lids.  These should be touching each other top to top or flat side to flat side.  After the lids are together, place a few stickers on the outside of the lids.  What do you have?  A card holder!  Just slide the game cards in between the two lids, and they will actually stay there!  These are great for little hands which have difficulty holding several cards, or for older hands which aren't functioning like they use to, or for disabled or crippled hands.  My granddaughters love them because they can now play Go Fish without dropping and showing everyone all of their cards.

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Free Resource

Check out a free resource entitled Trash to Treasure.  It is an eight page handoutthat features clever ideas, fun and engaging mini-lessons in addition to cute and easy to construct crafts made from recycled or common, everyday items.  In this resource, discover how to take old, discarded materials and make them into new, useful, inexpensive products or tools for your classroom.

Just click on the link below the resource cover.