Girl Scouts love to create! One fun way to tap into that creativity and work on problems solving skills at the same time is by doing a recycling craft bonanza. It is so simple! Just provide the girl scouts with a variety of items that are headed for the trash along with scissors, tape, glue, and string. Let them decide what they are going to make and how to do it.
The adult role in this project is to help problem solve being very careful to let the girl scout be in charge of the creation. When asked you will offer suggestions or show a process or technique so the girl scout can complete the creation as independently as possible.
Here are some things which might be provided for the Recycling Craft Bonanza:
From the house:
plastic lids all sizes, shapes, and colors
old greeting cards
card board rolls from toilet paper, paper towels, and aluminum foil
old puzzle pieces
parts from old games
pieces of yarn or fibers
empty salt and oatmeal containers
empty small plastic containers like yogurt or single serving fruit containers
packing materials like foam or cardboard
CD’s and DVD’s
acorns, walnuts, and buckeyes
Once they get the idea, girl scouts will build amazing creations with the discarded parts. It is sometimes hard for girl scout adults not to take control of the process. It is more helpful to everyone if the girl scout adult makes a creation alongside the girl scouts.