We like to use what we have instead of making a purchase. And I try to share these ideas with the children I work with as well as my own family.
Look around your house and see what you can use.
We needed storage for small items that the young children could easily see and reach , so
we saved ice cream containers, cleaned and painted them, and put them in a bookcase for easy access. Some of the children even helped paint them.
We also use these containers for art supplies, sometimes putting nothing on them but a primer coat to cover the label.
We use what we have to store art supplies and create art . . .
lids to use as paint palettes
waxed paper is used over and over and over again
tissue paper from gifts is folded and saved for projects
and pizza boxes are given new lives. . .
as art in itself, painted and decorated (even the inside!) and used for treasured items,
OR as stacked storage with a strip of tape telling its contents.
Look around , become more aware, make a change and use what you have . You don't need as much as you may think :)
Suzan, at oldgreymare, is hosting Project Genesis . Head on over there to be inspired and see what small change YOU can make for yourself and the world.