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« on: December 05, 2009 10:37:18 PM »

This might seem like an odd question but my 5 yr old daughter is very much into recycling, going green, saving the earth, that sort of thing, and I have decided to make a recycling kit for her, but I need some more ideas as to what I can put in the kit for her.  This is something that she is VERY VERY serious about (she wants to take ONE paper cup to the recycling bins as soon as she is finished with it).  This is what I have planned so far:

I went to the dollar store and purchased 3 large canvas bags for her to put recyclables in-= paper, plastic,steel cans.  I made signs to attach to the bags so she knows what goes into each bag.  I am making her a "coloring" book of sorts on recycling and information about recycling and why it is important.  Then I am going to make her 2-3 reusable shopping bags (she hates the plastic ones from the store) to put it all in instead of using a box to wrap it in.  But I would like to add a few other things that I can make, or can be made from recycling other stuff to give to her.

Believe me I know this is a very odd gift for a 5 year old but when I asked her if she would like her own recycling kit she was THRILLED to the point of telling her whole preschool class about it, of course they all thought that she was nuts but that's kids for you, LOL.

If anyone has any other idea I would love to here from you.  I am at a lose.  Thanks!!
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2009 12:21:29 AM »

Not sure how 'green' the rest of your house is but how about a vermicomposter? They are a great way to recycle your organic materials and teach her about how the earth recycles itself  Smiley and it's free fertilizer for your garden, flowerbeds, & house plants.

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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2009 08:03:59 AM »

How about a paper recycling/making kit?  My mom bought the "Bill Nye Paper Recycling Factory" for my kids who are 4 and 6 and they had a ball with it.  You rip up your junk mail and old school papers into tiny pieces, soak them in water, spin them around in the little "blender" that it comes with and then spread it out on a screen and dry to make new paper.  There are lots of versions of these kits at craft stores and online for around $15.

We have also checked out lots of books at the library and found ideas online for crafts you can make with your garbage.  We have made some super cute bats out of egg cartons for Halloween, bottlecap necklaces, box dioramas, etc.


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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2009 03:19:27 PM »

There are lots of crafty books out there using recycling, may a craft book would be a fun thing then you can make things together.  I also have a couple web sites to share, maybe some ideas there.  Neat idea, I love it!  Your a good Mom to encourage her interests.
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2009 06:40:41 PM »

Um... perhaps you could find her some non disposable gloves to wear, so she can use them to pick up any nasty items that she decides to put in the trash or recycling bins.
Sounds like she's doing some pretty important work for the earth at the age of five. ^^
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2009 05:10:38 PM »

What about a t-shirt (green, of course) that says something Earth-Friendly (or makes her Mother Earth's helper or something?)

Or a craft book that has to do with recycling for kids? 

Can you "recycle" some of her broken crayons into fun shapes and provide recycled-paper coloring book pages that have to do with educating people about caring for the Earth?  (She could give them to people!)
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2009 05:34:12 PM »

It's great that she is making an effort at her age!  It's nice to hear you are encouraging it, too.  You might want to stress to her that reusing actually wastes less energy than recycling.  Perhaps search on instructions for some projects she can make out of things that may or may not be recyclable.  Maybe put a book of ideas together for her.

1.  Gift boxes can be made out of cereal boxes and other food containers by cutting and painting or covering them in used wrapping paper and other things. 
2.  Old newspaper or gift tissue paper and expired flour or rice baby food with a little water and salt added work well for paper mache.
3.  Plastic bags made into "plarn" or yarn for making bracelets, belts, or other things.
4.  Dryer lint  with a little scrap paper and glue made into handmade paper.
3.  We make things out of can tabs and used fabric.  (tabistry.blogspot.com)
4.  Composting or even possibly growing your own herb garden saves energy spent on distributing.

There are endless possibilities.  The point is to show how recycling is just one part of the 3 R's that make up how we can make a difference.  Consider how things can be used in your own home before discarding them or sending them off to be recycled.

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