Trash to Treasure

I was very excited to hear that our daughter’s Kindergarten teacher gave the children a “Trash to Treasure” project for Earth Day.  She gave about two weeks notice (awesome!) which allowed us to think about alot of potential projects.  The problem was narrowing it down.  Here are some of the ideas we initially considered:

Cup holder from large yogurt container
Magazine holder from cereal box
Nature wreath from things found outside with cardboard box backing
Flowers and other decorations made out of recycled boxes and paper
Purse made out of recycled containers
Garden irrigation system from soda and milk bottles
Handmade cards from recycled items around the house (boxes, mail packaging, etc.)
and more…

She finally got pretty excited over the pencil/crayon/marker holder idea.  Here she is with her three recycled items: a cardboard scrap from old box, cereal box, an old 2009 calendar that I had kept for the pretty pictures (we often use old calendars to make envelopes from or decorate things with).

Here she is marking the cereal box with a ruler to know where to cut.  We used one cereal box for all 3 pencil holders (and recycled the scraps of course!).

She was a little too excited to use big scissors (first time!) but the little kid scissors didn’t work very well on the cereal box.  Needless to say there was a lot of parental supervision on this part of the project to ensure all fingers remained intact!

Maybe it’s because kids just love Christmas so much but this Christmas scene for the month of December from the old calendar was the first picture she picked.

She is starting to see her project take shape and is getting pretty excited about it and telling me how she is going to make one for everyone she knows for Christmas this year or for their birthday or “maybe you know, just because they are my friend”.

Posing with her completed “Trash to Treasure” project.  Very happy recycler indeed!

Do you have any fun “Trash to Treasure” projects to share?  Let me know!

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Christmas Around the World

In a stand against Black Friday, I’m posting this instead of going shopping.  🙂

Ok, Thanksgiving is over, it’s time for Christmas season!  Check out this blog (click on image below) which is hosting a month of Christmas Around the World.  If you have kids, this is very cool–each day she will add a new country with links to information about that country.  You can tailor it for younger kids or make it more complex for older kids by adding library books to read about the country for that day, etc.

Anyway, thought I’d share because this is a great way to learn about other cultures around the world instead of focusing just on Christmas presents this holiday season.

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