I use styrofoam egg cartons with young students (K-6). They can close the tops, slowing the drying process, and we reuse again and again until colors get mixed or they get too dry, then we pitch them. That way the egg carton gets reused and cleanup is faster.
On Dec 21, 2011, at 3:52 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I have students keep a cup of clean water at their tables. When clean up time arrives they should use a dry paper towel to pinch and squeeze as much paint as possible from the bristles. A thorough shake of the brush tip in a cup of clean water loosens the remaining paint. Rewipe the bristles again and repeat the rinse if needed....no sink needed for brushes....and the bristles are reshaped. I have the students share disposable paper plates (not a green solution necessarily, but neither is running water constantly to wash paint down the drain....and they do sell recycled ones). The plate is folded in half and tossed at the end of the period. I then collect all the cleaned brushes in a clorox bottle with the top cut off. As I walk around collecting, I can visually inspect the tables.....done in under five minutes!
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