Nursey makes great art from plastic bottle caps

The toddlers at Arngask Nursery in Glenfarg, Perthshire take great pride in their fabulous recycled hungry caterpillar.

“We like to reuse or recycle as many things as possible at the nursery,” said Cheryl Reid, an early childhood worker at Arngask Elementary School.

“We used pallets for an earthen kitchen and a musical space with old pots, pans and spoons for our instruments.

“We got creative using bricks of milk to make dinosaur skulls in the garden and tin cans for bees and ladybugs. We made a small picture of a tree using a wooden stump and hammered bottle caps for the leaves.

“The kids really enjoyed this activity, so we decided to create works of art on a larger scale.

“So we appealed to all parents and the local community to keep their colorful bottle caps for children to use.

“An old palette was given to serve as a canvas. The local store offered to collect all the bottle caps for us, which meant that once a week we could take the kids for a walk to collect them all.

“Once we had cleaned all the bottle caps, the children would sort them by color.

“We were learning about the caterpillar life cycle at the time, so the kids chose to create a hungry caterpillar like the popular book character from the bottle caps.

“The kids took turns hammering the bottle caps, it was great for their concentration and hand / eye coordination.

“The finished artwork turned out to be much better than we expected,” Cheryl added.

“They have already started working on their next project, which they decided to be a tractor.”

Dora W. Clawson