Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

Kids’ Project: Teach Your Kids Fun and Easy Recycling Projects

colored-pencils-1320548_640Many people say that children determine our future and the future of our planet. And that is true. Children will grow up one day and become the adults who will shape the future of planet Earth. They play a big role in the demise or salvation of our planet. So teaching them the importance of gong green is important.

One of the most important things you can teach your children is proper waste disposal. Children should learn how to separate garbage. They need to learn this at an early age so that they will carry this habit as an adult.

Biodegradable vs. Non-Biodegradable

Garbage segregation works by distinguishing garbage that is biodegradable vs. those that are non-biodegradable. Biodegradable garbage are those that decompose naturally. On the other hand, non-biodegradable garbage are those that do not decompose and need special processes to break down. A very good example of this would be plastic.

Determining the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable can help save planet earth. It can lead to ZERO WASTE MANAGEMENT.

Kiddy Projects!

Recycling is a project that can teach children the importance of keeping our environmental clean. Aside from that, it can be a fun activity for children that can teach them the value of reusing old things.

1. Making pencil holders

I’m sure you have lots of Pringles canisters in your house or cans from soups and such. These can be reused to make cute and fun pencil holders

  1. Clean an old can or canister – (adult supervision needed here)
  2. If the container used to have wet food in it, make sure to dry it first.
  3. Get some colorful wrapping paper.
  4. Measure the height of the can into the wrapping paper. The measure the circumference by wrapping the paper around the can.
  5. Cut it to fit the can and secure it with some glue.
  6. Let it dry
  7. Now you have a DIY pencil holder.

2. Recycling paper

shredder-71772_640Making recycled paper usually requires many steps in a factory but you can make paper out of old paper and use them to make greeting cards

  1. Gather old newspaper or old scrap paper
  2. Cut them into thin strips
  3. Using a food processor or blender make them much much smaller
  4. Mix the paper with water.
  5. Let it soak there for an hour or two
  6. Squeeze the water out of the paper and transfer it a new container with water
  7. Optional step – you can add food grade coloring here to make colored paper.
  8. Use a strainer or if you have screen sift out the water and let it dry
  9. Screens are better because they let out water to dry.
  10. If you don’t have a screen, put it on flat surface to dry. You can let it sun dry or you can use a blowdryer
  11. Allow it to dry for 24 hours
  12. Now you have your own homemade recycled paper!

3. Bags made out of woven plastic

Making your own bag may not give you a designer purse, but it can be a fun activity for kids.

  1. Gather some plastic and cut them into one inch sizes
  2. Braid them together.
  3. Using a bond paper, weave the plastic braids to make a mat
  4. Make two mats
  5. Now make a longer braid to create handle
  6. Using a glue gun secure the two mats together.
  7. Attach the handles.
  8. Enjoy your new tote bag.

I hope these projects help your kids improve their creativity while learning about the envirolment.

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