Art Materials You Might Not Have Thought Of!

Natural and recycled art materials you can add to your shelves

  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

Variety is the spice of art! Keep an eye out for natural and recycled materials you can add to your shelves, and ask children and families to collect them too. (Younger children may be overwhelmed at first by too many choices, so start slowly and build up over time.)

These are just a few of the possibilities:

  • Straws
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Linoleum Samples
  • Seeds
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Dried Corn Cobs
  • Orange Juice Cans
  • Shoe Boxes
  • Clear Plastic Trays
  • Buttons
  • Bottle Caps
  • Sequins
  • Feathers
  • Stickers
  • Pine Cones
  • Cotton Balls
  • Sand
  • Paper Plates
  • Sponges
  • Tissue Paper
  • Yarn
  • Dried Leaves
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Cellophane
  • Beads
  • Pebbles
  • Spools
  • Clay
  • Paper Towel Rolls
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Twigs
  • Salad Spinners
  • Boxes
  • Grated Crayon Pieces
  • Jar Lids
  • Shells
  • Cookie Cutters

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    Classroom Management, Arts and Crafts, Recycling, Visual Arts, Teacher Tips and Strategies

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