By some estimates, the UK uses 227,000 miles of wrapping paper each year! Conventional wrapping paper is often non-recyclable and made with plastic, giving it a shiny or crunchy feel. This activity is going to help you to reduce the amount of plastic that you use by creating some beautiful personalised plastic free wrapping paper.
We may not always be able to celebrate in person with our loved ones, but that doesn’t mean we cannot wrap gifts to send or store up for the end of lockdown with a personalised touch.
In this activity, you will be shaping a potato into a stamp using a paper clip. You will dip your unique potato stamp shape into paint and press against the brown paper to make a decorative gift wrapping paper.
Find out how this activity helps to reduce your plastic waste output and review how it first with the 6 Rs in the Find out more section.
You can extend learning on craft and reusing plastics, with a full lesson as part of Ocean Plastics Cross-Curricular | Ages 5-7, What can I do?. Or try a whole design unit on design and plastics with Ocean Plastics Design and Technology | Ages 11-14.
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Cross-curricular | Ages 5-7
Ocean plastics ages 5-7 unit is a KS1 teacher resource that introduces students to the issue of plastic pollution. Students study materials, their properties and explores what happens to our plastic rubbish.
Design and Technology | Ages 11-14
Ocean Plastics DT ages 11-14 unit is a KS3 teacher resource. Students innovate new products that apply the 6 Rs and design principles to protect oceans from plastic waste. Included are teacher resources that promote students to solve their own design problems with creative ideas.