One of the main lessons I try to teach the kids is to care. For the Earth, for each other, for themselves, and their belongings. They have really taken the idea to heart of late and have been asking me to keep items I would otherwise recycle.
I’m considering adding a bin to their art area for “found’ or recyclable objects.
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Audrey, age 4, aspiring artist, made a mess of tissues the other day while I was in the kitchen. She was planning a “party”and used the tissues as confetti.
I explained that the tissues were something we use when we are sick or need to blow out nose, and that we spend money on, so it’s best if we use them for their intended purpose. We started collecting the tissues to throw them away, and she came upon the idea of making the tissues into art. She salvaged a few and made a few different things. Above is a picture of a ghost. (excuse the wet marks, my hand were damp when I picked it up)
Audrey made a similar one for her sister who wasn’t feeling well, and informed Emma that it could be used as a tissue when she was done admiring it!
Recycling at it’s finest. Tissue to art, art to tissue.
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One of my favorite ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle is by selling or giving away things we no longer need. I’ve also been able to find things simply by asking friends, family, or members of our local Freecycle group. Sometimes I will pay $5-10 for something that would have cost me $20 elsewhere. Sometimes I get something free that would have cost $100+ elsewhere. It’s always a win-win.
Next time you really need something see if you can find it for free or used first. Chances are likely someone else has that same whatchamagadget and doesn’t need it anymore.
How do you reduce, reuse or recycle? Have you ever given away something of value, or received something of value for free?