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In "Love Surrounds Us," a Tapestry of Faith program
This activity demonstrates how participants can transform things we would usually throw away into something beautiful and useful.
Tell the children you will be creating your own photo album out of scraps of paper and other things they might think should be thrown away. Give a cereal box to every participant. Help children cut apart the large front and back of the cereal box into two identically shaped squares or rectangles as the front and back covers. Then, help the children cut the brown paper bags into pages for their album, the same size as the cover or slightly smaller.
Now invite participants to use any of the scraps and odd items to decorate one side of each piece of box. Participants may cover with construction paper or tissue paper first and then add buttons or yarn or other scraps.
Help children assemble the cover, inside pages, and back. Punch several holes to bind the sheets together with yarn.
Talk to participants about what they might save in their album: photos, post cards, or special papers from school. Ask children why it is good to reuse materials when you can, rather than going out to buy something like a photo album.
Children will need varying levels of help to cut out boxes and paper bags, tie yarn bows, and perhaps even decorate their photo album cover. Offer assistance as needed; be sure to leave children plenty of tasks to do on their own.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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