I have talked about the fabulous Reverse Art Truck before on the blog (here and here). I love the idea of the kids using their imagination to make creations out of recycled materials.

If you live in Melbourne it is worth the trip to visit Reverse Art Truck in Ringwood. Last time we went, it was on request of the preschooler. He is at that stage where he loves to build, create and tinker. I have found by providing him with a wide range of recycled materials, he comes up with amazing creations.

Going To Reverse Art Truck

Reverse Art Truck

Reverse Art Truck


Reverse Art Truck - So much to choose from!

Reverse Art Truck

Reverse Art Truck - And some of these!

Reverse Art Truck

Our loot from Reverse Art Truck = $30

Using Our Imagination To Create

When we have a big box of recycled materials like this, we tend to have long sessions where the kids will explore, imagine and create. The house becomes a bit like a modern art gallery with all sorts of constructions about the place, but it is wonderful to see them become inspired from what they have.

Recycled Creations

Recycled Creations - Using the glue gun

Recycled Creations

Recycled Creations - The Ramp!

Recycled Creations

The complex creation from the older boys.

What materials do your kids like creating with?

This post is part of the Teach/Learn Carnival, March’s theme is Imagination. If you would like to join in submit your own post here, or check back at the end of the month for the links to lots of great posts.

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  • jenny March 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

    We have our own version in Sydney called Reverse Garbage. It is like heaven for a preschool teacher and a mum to young boys. I get ridiculously excited every time I walk in the door!

  • Marita March 24, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    That looks like a great idea for School Holiday fun :) Plus I do love my recycling.

    • amandab March 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      If you are going in the holidays, let me know. I think we may have to make a trip out there as well :)

      Bookmarking the link now so I don’t forget. Crafting is FINALLY making a return to our house (all I had to do was stop nagging!) and this might be the inspiration needed for some exciting new works :)

  • Polly March 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    What a fantastic place. I can see my little guy would go nuts.

  • Catherine March 24, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I wish we had reverse garbage, I can hardly keep up with my son’s desire for recycled materials.

  • Maureen March 25, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I believe every community should have a store like this.
    Vancouver BC has something similar but on a smaller scale store called Urban Source http://www.urbansource.bc.ca/
    I try to visit it whenever I visit the city.

    • pomomama March 25, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      oh yes! urban source is a little treasure trove and well worth the pilgrimage.

      every community needs a store like this

  • Gill@OurParklife March 25, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Fabulous! I love recycled art, I used to do it often in the classroom and was always amazed at the ways kids could use different items for so many things…they were so much more inventive than me!

    If anyone is interested in Perth, we have Remida in Carine, it sounds similar…

    I just have just started what I hope will become a regular post on re-purposing over at our blog….I call it Broken By The Boys – I have been collecting broken, discarded items around the house and the challenge for the boys and I is to stop the item ending up as rubbish by finding a new use for it…

    Check it out if you have time and are interested!


  • PlanningQueen March 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing other recycling places. Glad to hear that there are a few around. Gill will also check out your weekly post.

  • Rachelle March 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    We have something similar in northern California called RAFT (resource area for teachers). It’s amazing, and I never leave the store empty-handed. My daughter (33 months) is currently obsessed with making structures out of toothpicks and gum drops.
    We’ve also had a lot of success making recycled sculptures.

  • keepcatebusy (Cate) March 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    This is such a great idea!! We will have to make a day trip out there in the holidays!!! My kiddos loooooove making endless creations…and I think the car ramps looks perfect!

  • Kirsten March 26, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    What a fantastic place, I had no idea it existed. Well worth the long drive for us.

    What I’d like to know is what do you do with the masterpieces after the kids have had finished creating? Same with art from kinder. I feel too guilty throwing out things that my daughter is so proud of making (even if they are never looked at again) and they are just so darn prolific! We live in a small house and we can’t keep everything!

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  • Monique March 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Fantastic, I have never heard of a reverse art truck. What an amazing idea! I always try and keep cardboard tubes and other bits and pieces to re-use in crafts and building, it’s cheap and fun and reduces waste :)

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