Our friends at Oak Meadow Curriculum and School recently asked families how they define “citizenship.” Over 700 varied and thoughtful responses focused on kindness, stewardship, personal responsibility, compassion, and cooperation. Yet, the most often mentioned tenets of good citizenship were recycling and taking care of this Earth that we all share. With that in mind, here’s a practical and charming craft to share with the children in your life (and a great way to corral plastic bags for reuse!). For more ideas and inspiration on how to cultivate citizenship at home, visit Oak Meadow’s recent issue of Living Education.
Tree Saver Plastic Bag Holder
- Large empty tissue box
- White glue
- Construction paper
- Light brown poster paint
- Dark brown poster paint or marker
- Newspaper to cover your work surface
- Take a walk and collect several twigs in assorted lengths. Look for twigs with interesting branching patterns.
- Paint the outside of the tissue box with light brown poster paint. Let dry.
- Use a darker shade of poster paint or a dark brown marker to draw wavy bark patterns on the tissue box. Let dry.
- Draw a bird on a sheet of construction paper. Cut out smaller pieces of brightly colored construction paper and glue them to the bird to make bright feathers, eyes, and a beak.
- Stand the tissue box on one end. Arrange the twigs and construction paper bird on the front of the box. Glue in place.
- Cut out leaves, butterflies, a bird nest, or anything else you want from construction paper and glue them to the front, sides, and top of the box.
- Tack the box in a convenient corner of the kitchen and enjoy it every time you need to grab a plastic bag.
Oak Meadow Curriculum and School has generously offered a complete homeschooling curriculum package for one grade of your choice (preschool through 8th grade). That’s a value of $120-$420! Simply visit Oak Meadow’s latest issue of Living Education, a quarterly journal that inspires and informs home learning with strategies, tips, and crafts.