Scrap Material Project for Kids

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Gluing together discarded odds and ends to make an original creation proves to be a lot of fun for this young fellow. Photo: Julia Wasson

This project is most appropriate for ages 10 and up. Younger children will require adult assistance. You'll need:

  • Lots of spare parts from ceiling fans, lamps, chandeliers, trophies -— virtually any metal or plastic item left over from an unfinished project or rescued from an item destined for the landfill; use extra caution with sharp objects
  • An assortment of nuts, bolts, and nails
  • A hot glue gun and plenty of glue per person

1. Give each child access to the scrap piles or bins. To help with indecision caused by too many options, you may want to limit younger children to xnumber of pieces for their creations.

2. Heat a glue gun, and assist young children in gluing their pieces together. (Hint: Have the child select a piece for the base, then glue items together by building up from the base.)

3. Allow pieces to dry for 10 minutes before picking them up by the base.

Let the Kids Do It

Despite the need to supervise young children where hot glue guns are involved, we adults need to keep in mind that creative projects are only fun for the kids if they get to most of the creating. Suggestions are fine —- if asked for. But the finished product means so much more when a child can truly say, "I made this myself!"

~Julia Wasson, Publisher

Blue Planet Green Living


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