Educator Resources

Lesson Plans from Our

2017 Creative Reuse Open House for Educators:

Here is a list of the creative reuse art activity handouts we shared at our July 2017 Creative Reuse Open House for Educators. Most projects can be adjusted to fit various grade levels. This year we focused on marine animals. (Our 20142015, and 2016 Open House Resources for Educators are also available online.)

* If you ever need items like bottle caps, toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, magazines, etc., please contact Art Explorium – we often have more than enough and are happy to share! (312-4316, *

Grades Pre-K

Describing Humpback Whales: Learn about humpback whales and listen to their songs. Think about what words you would use to describe a humpback whale, then create a whale puppet. Related academic subjects: Language Arts, (Grades Pre-K)

Natural Patterns: Study green sea turtles and their colors and patterns. Create your own sea turtle collage using bottle caps. Related academic subjects: Mathematics, (Grades Pre-K)

Eel Tubes: Use paper towel rolls to recreate your favorite eel, complete with stripes, dots, teeth and more! Related academic subjects: Science, (Grades Pre-K)

Grades K-2

Baby Honu Race: Learn about Hawai`i’s own honu (green sea turtles) and the challenges they face once they are born. Make your own baby honu and create a racing game to play with friends. Related academic subjects: Science (Grades K-2)

Counting Sea Stars: Draw sea stars on bottle caps and use them to solve mathematical equations. Related academic subjects: Mathematics, (Grades K-2)

What’s in a Name: Learn about a newly discovered species of octopus: the ghost octopus. Create an octopus out of a toilet paper roll, and think of a name for your octopus. Introduce your octopus to your classmates. Related academic subjects: Language Arts (Grades K-2)

Grades 3-5

Hide and Seek: Learn about the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid and its amazing ability to camouflage itself. Draw your own Bobtail Squid and blend it into a magazine or other image. Related academic subjects: Science, (Grades 3-5)

Seal Protection Campaign: Learn about Hawaiian Monk Seals and apply mathematical concepts to learn about their protected status as endangered animals. Create a sign that educates the public on protecting monk seals. Related academic subjects: Mathematics, Language Arts (Grades 3-5)

Your Choice for Hawai’i’s State Fish: Learn how our state fish was chosen, and study other fish in Hawai`i. Think about what you would choose if you could decide on Hawai`i’s State Fish. Explain why. Use found items to create a replica of your fish and share three interesting facts. Related academic subjects: Language Arts (Grades 3-5)

Grades 6-8

Deadly Diet: Learn about tiger sharks and some of the crazy things found in their stomachs. Make a collage that shows what should be part of the shark’s diet and what shouldn’t. Related academic subjects: Science, (Grades 6-8)

Defeating Stings: Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish and wondered what to do? Learn about different kinds of stings and create your own product to help feel better faster. Related academic subjects: Language Arts, (Grades 6-8)

Protecting Ocean Cities: Apply mathematical concepts to the study of coral bleaching. Create a diorama that represents an accurate mathematical model of healthy and bleached coral in Hanauma Bay. Related academic subjects: Mathematics, (Grades 6-8)




Other Helpful Teacher Resources

Get Funding to Help Cover a Field Trip to Art ExploriumKokua Hawaii Foundation has funds available to help cover environmental field trip costs for public school students. You can bring your students in to Art Explorium for a fun and educational field trip. Get more information on our Field Trip Program.

Department of Environmental Services Educational Tools Web Site: This site includes some awesome downloadable classroom workbooks, including coloring activity books and a Recycled Art Project Guide. For more information or to get copies of materials, please contact Michael O’Keefe,

Hanahau`oli School’s Professional Development Center offers a variety of workshops for public and private school teachers in Hawaii. Topics include making connections with art and technology, learning more about thematic instruction, and more. Download their flyer here.

Instructions for No-Sew T-Shirt Aprons – download these step-by-step instructions for making t-shirt aprons with your students! Works best with regular crew-neck t-shirts.

10 Lessons the Arts Teach – this is a wonderful handout from NAEA that summarizes 10 crucial lessons the arts teach.

Ocean Commotion Coloring Book – This adorable coloring book was created by Punahou senior Marisa Nagata for her senior service project. It’s a fun and creative way for children to learn more about what they can do to protect our oceans. Feel free to download and use in your classroom.