Junk art is a fun and exciting way for children to explore new ways of improving the world around us. Not only are they having fun and being creative, they are reducing waste going to landfill, and making something a family member or friend will treasure - because they made it!
During junk art sessions, children should be able to make their own choices so provide a wide variety of clean, reusable materials.
The concept of junk art is to only use materials that can be found at home, perfect during lockdown. All of the materials in the photos today were either from the recycling, our "craft cupboard" (bits and pieces that we keep just because they look interesting) or gathered up from packaging last Christmas.
As well as access to materials, the children should have access to large space on table tops, the floor or even in the garden, to support their freedom of expresssion, developing movement and independence of choice.
Our job as a parent is to encourage the child's choices as they are the key decision makers in what they want to use, we should not influence them. Allow them to create for themselves and direct you only as their assistant for difficult jobs like cutting and joining.
Remeber it is the process that counts not the end product.
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