If you want to teach your kids the value of recycling, it would help a lot if you give them some hands-on experience. Learning first-hand just how important recycling is and what they can do with materials that are considered by some as trash will give your kids a greater appreciation for recycling.
A few simple crafts can get your kids started on recycling. Here are some recycling projects for kids that your children may enjoy working on.
1. A letter holder from old CDs and packaging foam
One good recycling project for kids is making a letter holder from old data CDs and foam. Old data CDs are hard to dispose sometimes, and so is packaging foam.
To make a letter holder from these materials, you would need the following:
– Four old data CDs
– Packaging foam
– Scraps of decorative cloth, art paper or pages from a glossy magazine
– Other decorative items like beads, silk flowers or glitter
To do this recycling project for kids, glue two CDs together to make them a pair. Decorate these CDs with your choice of decorative cloth, art paper or magazine pages, and then accentuate them with beads or flowers and other accessories.
The packaging foam serves as the base of the letter holder, so you can shape it any way you want and decorate it the way you did the CDs. Afterwards, cut panels into the foam where you could insert the CDs. Glue the CDs into these panels, and once it is done, you will have your letter holder.
2. A bird feeder from milk cartons
This is another simple recycling project for kids that will also teach them to appreciate nature. This would work well if you live outside the city; you would have a greater chance of attracting birds.
All you need to do with this recycling project for kids is to take a milk carton and cut an opening on its side. You do not have to throw out the portion you have cut out, though. You can fold it and glue it to the upper side of the opening on the milk carton so it would look like a flap. This flap should be stiff so it would not fall on the heads of the birds as they feed from the milk carton.
Once that is done, you fill the carton with bird seed and then prop it up where the birds can reach it. If you put it just outside your children’s bedroom window, they will be sure to wake up with the birds singing outside.
3. A kite from paper bags
We usually throw away paper grocery bags, but these can be good materials for recycling projects for kids. All you need to do is to get your kids to paint these grocery bags any way they want, attach strings to it, and then go flying kites.
An important thing that you should remember when making your children do recycling projects for kids is to supervise them, especially when they are using sharp objects like scissors, so they would not harm themselves.
This Article is written by John C Arkin.
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