Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Kids Play with Trash

My kids play with trash! Yup, that's right...and they love it! They create with it and turn it into art.

I have been trying really hard not to go to huge chain stores that have no respect for the environment. I have also been attempting to avoid products that create more waste. Many of the art kits we have bought in the past had massive amounts of packaging and questionable ingredients. Children really don't need much to be entertained and my daughters are actually enjoying this new approach. They no longer look at a bottle cap as just a bottle cap. Now it can be a robot's eyes! As you can see below, my daughter created a robot from an old container, a strawberry basket, two bottle caps, two popsicle sticks, two yogurt containers and some old fabric pieces.

We have set aside a spot to collect things. The collecting is an adventure in itself. A toilet paper role with some old puzzle pieces for hands can be turned into an alien with only a couple of extras. So many things can be created by just adding eyes, construction paper, pipe cleaners and glue.

For something a little more advanced I found a great book called Green Crafts for Children by Emma Hardy. She has so many wonderful ideas. We once made a doll house out of shoe boxes and some sock dogs out of old socks. She gives a quick and easy recipe for natural play dough as well as an amazing salt dough recipe. Salt dough, when baked, becomes hard and can be painted. Limitless creations!

Although my daughters DO love making recycled art, I can see that sometimes they miss making an art project that someone else created for them. I found a new site that we are going to try out soon. provides sustainable crafts that come straight to your door every month. You can order craft kits in three month, six month, or twelve month subscriptions and each of those months three craft kits arrive. My girls absolutely love getting mail so I think they will love this and I don't have to feel bad about sending away for art projects because Green Kid Crafts is a carbon neutral business and they offset 100% of the carbon dioxide generated by their business. They also help fund the development of renewable energy projects across the United States. This is the kind of business I want to support. 

Buy the book: 
Green Crafts for Children

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