In an effort to add more art curriculum to our daughter’s school, my husband found this not-for-profit called Trash For Teaching. “Trash for Teaching collects clean and safe cast-off materials from manufacturing processes (that would otherwise become trash) and repurposes them as educational resources. With those materials we provide a comprehensive arts education program in local school districts, which includes teacher workshops and classroom instruction.” (excerpted from their website)
For a nominal fee per pound, my daughter and I scoured the numerous bins of materials and filled two bags with stuff like giant spools, tape reels, yarns, fabric scraps, etc. When we got home, we dumped everything out, excited to make something. My daughter had the idea of making a doll. A few weeks later, we made her a friend, and she named them Romeo + Juliet. Once they were a couple, it wasn’t long before, yes, a baby girl was born. With baby swaddled and tied to Juliet, the family is happy and complete.