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Keeping your kids busy this summer.

As you are going through all your closets, drawers, and cupboards, don’t forget to set aside a pile of recycling for the kids.    Think cardboard boxes to use for making all sorts of fun and imaginative things – box robots and creative lemonade stands, kids very own mailboxes, funny masks, decorated frames, bag hats, mobiles and wind chimes, wine cork trivets and CD case mosaics to name just a few.  There are some good books that can give you and the kids ideas on what to make. Here are two that we suggest:

Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To 9-Year-Olds (Williamson Kids Can! Series)Product Details

Ecoart!: Earth-Friendly Art and Craft Experiences for 3-To 9-Year-Olds (Williamson Kids Can! Series) by Laurie Carlson

and Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin

Remember Fathers’ Day is right around the corner so get your kids busy making great and cherished Fathers’ Day gifts.

Host a recycle party and invite the neighborhood kids over.  Have each child bring over a shoebox of recycled items. Put tables outside with the piles of recycled items down the center of the table and place glue, punches, stickers, pom poms, chenille stems, jewels and beads, yarn etc. on both ends of the table and let the kids go wild!

DIY TIP: Make invitations for your recycle party out of recycled cards or magazines. Cut up letters and pictures and make your own invite. Some stores end up with left over envelopes from their cards and just throw them away.  See if they have any left overs, you can take off their hands.

For things that don’t get used and need to be recycled, here is a great list from Real Simple Magazine, the most complete list I have ever seen and one you will want to keep on hand, of tips on how to recycle or reuse anything. And it’s a good education on what happens to some of your unwanted items.

Enjoy your summer, keep the kids busy, happy and using their creative imagination. If you take pictures of your group we would love to see and post them, to see what those creative minds have come up with.

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