You can help save the planet one recycled art project at a time. Before you toss regular household items into the trash, pause a moment to consider the dolphin art possibilities. Chances are your child won’t care or even notice if the art materials are new, as long as he can get messy in the creation process.
1. Shirt Dolphin
Whether your kiddo has outgrown his gray T-shirt or simply found a new “napkin” for his red ice pop drippings, you can save the shirt from entering the ranks of the landfill. If a teddy bear in the house is starting to lose its stuffing, grab that, or get some pillow stuffing from the craft store. Cut two identical dolphin shapes from the T-shirt fabric. Sew the edges together, but stop about 2 inches from completing the perimeter and turn the dolphin inside out. Have your handy little assistant help you shove the teddy bear fluff or pillow stuffing into the dolphin shape. Once that dolphin is nice and fat, finish sewing it up. A dark marker can give that dolphin two eyes and a big smile.
2. Dolphin Stick Puppets
Magically transform cereal boxes and cardboard boxes into dolphin stick puppets. If you cut several dolphin shapes out of these boxes, your child can paint them with gray tempera or non-toxic acrylic paint. Once these are dry, tape them on top of a clean craft stick or dowel. Now he can take his new dolphin friends out for a spin.
3. Swimming Dolphins
No need to toss those empty water bottles in the recycle bin quite yet. Fill the bottle three-quarters full of water and a few drops of blue food coloring. Pour mineral or vegetable oil into the bottle until it is about an inch from the top. You can cut some clear plastic lids, like the ones you get off your yogurt or sour cream containers, into small dolphin shapes. Once you’ve cut a family of dolphins out, drop them into the bottle, too. Securely tighten the cap on the bottle. If you want to prevent the ocean from leaking on your floor, add a thick layer of hot glue around the cap to keep it into place. When the hot glue has cooled off completely, hand the bottle back to your child and let him tilt it back and forth to watch the dolphin family swim and sway.
4. Paper Bag Dolphin
Newspapers and a paper lunch or grocery bag offer numerous recycled art project possibilities, including a dolphin craft. Encourage your child to stuff bunches of old newspaper into a paper lunch bag. Once it is stuffed almost to the top, grab the bag about 3 inches from the opening, scrunch it together with your thumb and finger, and tape it in place. Shape the bag into a dolphin body the best you can, although your child won’t judge you too much if it looks kind of like a whale. A coating of gray tempera or acrylic paint and some black paint for the face is all this dolphin needs to be complete.