ABC and 123: A Learning Collaborative: Summer Treasures Repurposed: Driftwood

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Summer Treasures Repurposed: Driftwood

All summer long we collect treasures - bits and pieces of beauty, nature, memories - all of supreme value in the eye of the collector.  Throughout June, July and August I gladly display the flowers, stones, shells, sticks, and grasses in vases, on trays, and piled on shelves.  By mid September I am more than ready to put them away to make room for apples, pumpkins, and cinnamon sticks.  Yet, it seems these treasures deserve more than just a ride back outside to the compost pile.  Instead, we use these pieces as art materials to create new beauty.

Here are some examples of things we found to create using our driftwood collection:

{Beach Wreath}

Scribd has an Art Creation Lesson Plan right up for creating with driftwood.
Driftwood Art Lesson
Wise Craft used driftwood to create a mobile.
Driftwood can be arranged into sculptures and onto canvases in letters,  shapes, abstract designs.
Completely Coastal put together a lovely heart of driftwood.

If you have a preteen reader in your home, perhaps you may like to check out the book Driftwood by Cathy Cassidy.  It's a story of a rescued friendship.

Have you and your children made any driftwood creations?


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