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    My daughters project for student teaching is to come up with something different that first graders don't know about re-cycling, and they are pretty savvy about it.
    I opened my big mouth and mentioned something about how people use cast off clothing (which is recycling) to make quilts....LOL!!! You guessed it.....now she has me involved in the whole thing.
    I was thinking that if they could each bring in a T-Shirt, I could sew them up into little pillows, they could stuff them, then I could sew them closed. So far, that is all I have come up with. I have a couple of weeks to come up with the finished idea, so please................please......if anyone has any other ideas that we could use, for some little project that wouldn't take forever and that little 6 year olds could be included in I would love to hear from you!!!!

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    I think the pillow is an excellent idea. I have actually done this with my son a few times, his first pillow was in first grade. And just a couple of weeks ago he had a friend over to make one. You can even let the kids sew one of the seams, it doesn't have to be straight.

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    Awesome idea. You can purchase a very large box of stuffing to stuff the pillows, but you are going to need quite a few boxes if you are doing a classroom. Or, you can have them recycle pillows from home and just recover them with the T-shirt.

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    Or you could buy some of those cheap pillows from Wal-Mart and cut them up. I bet each pillow would make at least two pillows and maybe four first grader sized ones. I think I paid $2 for the last ones I bought, which I used to fill 28 bean bags that had "lost their fluff."

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    What a great idea! Maybe you could send a list home asking the parents for donations of stuffing materials... to continue along the recycling theme. I've recycled the stuffing old bed pillows we no longer use before. Just a thought!

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    I have used plastic grocery bags as stuffing for pillows, "Bean" bag chairs, and stuffed animals. They are free and that's another way to recycle.

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    That is great !!!!! Have you thought of going to walmart an talking to the Manager he may give you a good price on a bunch of them or poss donate some to the class especially if he gets some newspaper coverage. Can't hurt to try.

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    I agree to let the kids sew the final seam if at all possible. Maybe use larger needles and embroidery floss, or quilting thread that is heavy duty so it won't break easily. Six-year-olds should be able to handle a short seam, and you can always "help" if somone's stitches are too far apart.

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    I think that is a great idea. You can get the BIG box of poly fill for about $10 at walmart(i think, I'm having trouble remembering exactly how much it was)

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    On a completely different thought they could make musical instruments out of recycled containers and materials. EX. Put buttons in to two cups and tape together to make a shaker. Your pillow idea seems good, but could involve quite a bit of work. I think that you have to stuff them with recycled materials, though. Also make sure that they bring in a small t-shirt, even something from when they were a baby. Maybe you could have a sewing party and some extra adults could come into assist during the stuffing/sewing stage.
    How about a toy exchange, or making puppets out of stuffed animals. Just some crazy thoughts. Kids will remember these activities forever and active learning is so right. Have fun!!

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    you could have kids put there hand prints on fabric my grandsons kindergarten class did this and made Christmas Wreath out of prints and they wore them for program. IF kids put hand prints palms together it would look like butterfly.They would make cute pillows. Also sock puppets are fun out of those socks that no longer have a match ,the crazier the sock the better and then maybe a skit about recycling so they can show off puppets they could even invite parents,The cutest project my son did was in kindergarten They had to make some kind of vehicle to sit in for a drive in movie in class .We helped Quint make a tank and used all kinds of boxes and wrapping paper tube left over from Christmas. That was a fun project for all the family You should have seen what kids and parents came up with Quint and friends played in that tank for along time.Kids will love what ever you do.

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    How about if all their shirts went into one quilt and they donated it to another child, perhaps a child about their age with cancer? They could send a picture of themselves with the quilt to the sick child. A very simple t-shirt quilt would go together easily. Each child could write a short letter about themselves and the shirt they donated.

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    I made pot holders with a class of 2nd graders.

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    We made "sitting pillows" with 3rd grade by making rectangle inner liners out of old sheets and filled them loosely with buckwheat hulls and sewed them shut. Each child brought fabric from home and helped cut and sew pillow cases that could be removed and washed when needed. The children loved any/all parts of the participation and had their special pillow to sit on all year. The hulls made them nice and squishy for floor sitting, and as they came in huge bags, must not be very expensive. They could use tees, or even old shirts, curtains, etc. as the outer covering; just sew up the openings other than the bottom.

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    i have seen projects where quilt designs have been printed on paper and a stack of shapes cut from fabric. the kids work them like jig saw puzzels and glue the pieces to the paper design.
    this was done at a library one time. I read the story The Quiltmakers Gift first and then the kids did the puzzels.

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    My daughter is making rag quilts.

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    those all sound like great ideas. i used to help with pillow at a school nearby and we machined sewed them kids stuffed and hand sewed them shut

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    All the ideas sound great, hope it is a success...

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    Trisha, One of the ladies had a clever idea of the kids using a pillow they already have at home and my thought is to make a pillow sleeve out of the t-shirt, making it long enough to wrap around the pillow and sew a button on to hold it in place. Eiltcoq.

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    How about a quilt for their classroom where they each bring in a piece of old clothing and then help you cut an 8" square, then you sew them together (they help with layout) then they help you layer and they tie it? There are some great children's books that would tie in to this; there is one about a little African American girl who makes this exact quilt out of family clothes as a gift (maybe tribute?) to a grandparent. You'll need to bring in some fusible interfacing for the tshirts youll get but otherwise you should be fine...and this can be completed in a day with you as the "Guest Artist"!!! (Yes, I've done this before!)

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    Pillows are great idea. You can get light colored squares of fabric (maybe cut from a worn out cotton shirt etc.) Use fabric markers and have each child draw a picture about a book that has been read to them. Sew squares together makes a great wall handing for the classroom, library, or hall way.

    Everyone has an odd sock somewhere. Stuff with old washed hose or fiber fill. Have kids use tapestry needles with yarn sew top of sock closed. Turn cuff down to make a hat. Use fabric markers to draw eyes, nose and mouth. Result a soft play toy for a pet, baby sister or brother. couple with a story about a snow man..combines literature art etc.

    Anything you do .. make sure you involve the room mothers of your PTA. I have tried these ideas in my 34 years of teaching. These projects can combine art and history and other studies. GOOD LUCK.

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    Sock puppets. Have the kids bring in socks without mates, and any buttons that they may have laying around at home. Ask for ribbon and pom pons (kiss love those). Use fabric scraps and yarn to make hair, fur, ears, arms, ,ETS, tails, etc. Then have the kids make up their own puppet shows!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hperttula123
    I think that is a great idea. You can get the BIG box of poly fill for about $10 at walmart(i think, I'm having trouble remembering exactly how much it was)
    $20 the last time I bought it - about a year ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    i have seen projects where quilt designs have been printed on paper and a stack of shapes cut from fabric. the kids work them like jig saw puzzels and glue the pieces to the paper design.
    this was done at a library one time. I read the story The Quiltmakers Gift first and then the kids did the puzzels.
    If you want to incorporate the quilt theme, make the puzzle pieces into quilt block designs.

    Lace strips of construction paper--like the potholders that are made on a loom with those stretchy bands.

    When my kids were little, there were a lot of suggestions for inexpensive recycled games and toys that came from university extension. One was this idea gluing greeting cards onto cardboard and making puzzles. Another was to cut the top of gallon milk jugs at an angle so you preserve the handle. It takes 2 to make a game to toss a ball back and forth, catching the ball in the jug.

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    I would have each student bring in at least one piece of cotton clothing no longer wanted (depends on size of class - you might have to add to this if you don't get enough).
    Teach the kids to sew them together (or you do it while they watch), add batting, backing and binding. When all done, donate the quilt to the local hospital.
    You now have taught the kids more than one important lesson.
    You have shown them recycling, quilting and donating.

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