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3 Ways to Upcycle Foam Trays

As art teachers, we always try to find new uses for everyday things. Not only does this help save money, but it pushes our resourceful and creative thinking. In this video, you’ll see three different ways I use foam trays in my art room. These are donated almost weekly by staff members at my school. My only requirement is that they are cleaned and disinfected to the extreme.

Do you ever ask for materials to be donated? What’s the best method?

How do you store donated materials?

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Alecia Eggers Kaczmarek


Alecia is an elementary art teacher in central Iowa who is passionate about teaching and reaching her students with an innovative and meaningful arts education.