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1) Have socks without a match? Throw them into a basket and have kids sort by colors, patterns, type of sock, or practice folding
2) Cover recycled juice boxes with paper and decorate like cameras! Have your kids “take” pics outside & discuss the earth’s beauty.
3) Recycle an old shoe box and make a Kindness Box. Everytime your child does something extra special or kind to another, give them a slip and have them stamp or write a K and put in the box. We total ALL kind slips at the end of the month and then choose what we will do together as a family to show kindness and generosity. Visit a nursing home, take a treat to the garbage man, visit someone who needs company, etc.
4) Don’t know what to do with your child’s old paintings and art work? Recycle them into something new. We took finger paintings and cut out umbrellas to make a SPRING bulletin board in my 5 yr old’s room. Be creative!
5) Collect old buttons and save. For children over 3, have them sort into baskets by: color, shape, or sizes. *be careful with young 3’s as they still may put things into their mouth (choking hazard).
6) Use old formula or coffee cans…decorate with any collage materials around the house (recycle strips of fabric and paper). Use as toddler TOM-TOMS or have preschoolers use rhythm sticks for “recycled” drums. Play rhythms and have your child try to copy the rhythm(s) you tap out on the drum.
7) Recycle bubble wrap and use as a painting tool for the kids. Cut the bubble wrap into squares, clip in a clothespin, and have the kids dip the bubble wrap into washable paint! Bubble paintings!
8) Recycle paper towel tubes and have the kids decorate any way they wish. Use outdoors for nature explorations. We used these for BIRD and BUG WATCHING! Great FUN!
These are just a few ideas! Let us know if YOU have some of your own!!