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Recycling doesn’t have to be chore. In fact, it can even be an activity that’s fun for the whole family! By turning your normal, boring recycling routine into a game, you’ll never have to let another recycling opportunity go to waste (go to waste, get it?). If you’re ready to get your kids excited about changing the world for the better, then these handy tips and tricks are for you:
Make Recycle Monsters
Recycle monsters are big, bad recycling boxes that love to gobble up certain kinds of trash. To start, make a Glass Monster, a Plastic Monster, a Paper Monster, and a Can Monster. Have fun with it: get out the glitter glue, the pipe cleaners, and, of course, tons of googly eyes. Your kids will love decorating the monsters almost as much as they’ll love feeding them when they’re finished!
Start a Recycling Olympics
A Recycling Olympics is a great way to get an entire group of kids moving around, having fun, and learning all about recycling. You can include these get-your-green-on recycling games, or even make up your own.
Designate a Recycling Mascot
Involving toys that your kids know and love is a great way to foster an interest in going green. Here’s how you can make sure your mascot is up for the challenge:
- Think of a Cool Recycling Name: Tom the Trashasaurus? Metallica the Rockin’ Recycler? When choosing a name, the sillier the better.
- Design a Mascot Uniform: No mascot is complete without an awesome outfit, and yours is no exception. Try suiting it up for its new job by sewing a mini cape or crafting a super cool green hat.
Make Art Out of Recycled Materials
With these neat projects, you can encourage your kids to Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle all while having tons of fun with their favorite messy art supplies. Try making:
- A Recycled Robot
- A Recycled Can Bird Feeder (CAN you believe how cool it is?)
- An Egg Can Caterpillar
The average person throws away about 1.5 tons of solid waste a year. Crazy, right? By making recycling a part of your child’s regular routine, you can teach them that even little environmental experts can have a big impact on making the world a better place.
As a blogger for CogniToys, a startup focused on bridging the gap between education and play, Fiona spends a lot time of researching what matters most to parents and educators. She loves blogging about tech, learning, and everything in between. In her spare time, Fiona is an avid reader, and is currently working on a science fiction series for young adults.