Using a real pumpkin for Pirate Potato Head
Varying opinions range from "this is a waste of food when there are starving people in the world" to "well, you're not going to feed people with this rice, so why not use it for projects?". A friend of mine who is from Kenya shared the other day that her cultural upbringing has influenced her stance on the matter--that one should simply not use food in a wasteful manner. Food is for eating. Don't take for granted that there is food on the table. Finish what's on your plate. Don't throw food away.
flax seed in the sensory table
But what about using art materials that are eco-friendly and will biodegrade (food). I'd rather fill the landfills (not that you're child's art will ever end up there!) with beans, rice, macaroni, or vegetables, than plastic crap like beads, pom poms, "silk" or plastic collage materials. What will the environmental thumbprint be if I use natural versus synthetic?
Bean Soup with dried beans and glue
I invite any and all opinions on the matter. Please post a comment...I welcome your rebuttles, too!