My apologies for the late entry.
Alhamdulillah, this is a delightful book. Not only was it enjoyed but I learned a lot and had so much fun too subhana'Allaah!
Close-up view below
The cardboard is the background material, using markers and paint, the scene was drawn. The chairs are made from the egg carton box as is the bottom of the table. The backs of the chairs are scrap cardboard pieces.The tablecloth is a piece of scrap cloth and the table top is the lid from a baby food container. The flower pot is the plastic top from a milk carton and the flowers are foam and pipe cleaners.
Using the cardboard from a large diaper box, you can also make a mini-bulletin board for your toddler to display their work.
This can be re-used each time you change themes or have something new to add insha'Allaah. You can really get creative with this because you can design your own borders and backgrounds! And there is no need to print anything so you save paper and ink. Great way to reduce the amount of paper you use. All you need is construction paper for the background of the bulletin board and decorate the parameter any way you'd like! Use old wrapping paper, make the border three dimensional - lots of possibilities here.
Here are some activities that you can do with children to extend this read aloud insha'Allaah:
Sequencing Cards for how paper is made
No cards are provided for this mat so that children can put into practice what they learned in this story insha'Allaah. Using old magazine, books, newspapers, etc. children can find pictures of things that they can recycle that fall into the categories on the mat.
Help the Earth Reminder
Children can put together this Earth Reminder to help them remember items that they can recycle (many of which were mentioned in the story). Mount on sturdy cardboard or use two paper plates and allow children to assemble this handy recycling reminder!
There was so much to do using this book masha'Allaah. Here are more ideas of crafts you can make using materials that usually go into the bin and then end up in landfills subhana'Allaah.
- Diaper boxes are some of the best things to use for crafts! Large and durable, you can make:
- mini-sofa for your toddler
- mini-bulletin board for your tot (pictured above)
- 3-D pictures (pictured above)
- play fort
- shoe rack for the family's shoes
- play refrigerator
- play mini-closet for dress-up time
- mini shelf (cut of the side flaps and use them as dividers to help separate your child's toys for easy selection insha'Allaah)
- Boxes of any shape and size can be used for an assortment of crafts that would create a list too long or a blog post masha'Allaah! *smile*, but a few examples are:
- as sis Umm Maimoonah does, use them to make learning cards
- store small game pieces and toys
- use them to store felt food...yum yum!
- make mini towns to play with using toy cars
- make a 3-D picture frame that holds small objects that are special to your child (glue several different sized small boxes together after cutting off their side panels)
- Baby food containers (glass and plastic)
- make goodie bags and put them into the clean plastic cups with lids to give away at Eid parties
- when going out, cut up cheese and fruits and put them into the cup. Replace the top and pop it into the diaper bag insha'Allaah.
- Put small, tot safe, crackers for your little one to munch on while out in them (i.e the baby food containers).
- With the glass containers: make snow globes
- Empty egg cartons, cereal boxes, tea boxes, etc.
- place them in your child's pretend play area