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Level: ECE, Primary, Junior
Grades: PreK - Gr. 5 | Age: 2-11yrs | Written by: Andrea Mulder-Slater
[Andrea is one of the creators of]

A fun architectural activity that makes use of materials normally thrown in the garbage.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Cover the cartons with white acrylic, gesso or latex house paint. Let dry. (Optional: wrap the milk carton with paper -- like a present).

  2. Paint the carton (using tempera paint) to look like a house. (Optional: Glue construction paper windows, doors, etc. onto the carton).

  3. Draw windows, doors etc. onto the carton.

  4. Add construction paper embellishments.

  5. Make several houses and you have a village.

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Whether it is a dustpan made out of a license plate, a bowl fashioned from a bent vinyl record, a pair of sandals with soles made of Goodyear tire treads, or a tin-can lantern, folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure.

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