Parenting Tip of the Month
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Inspiring Imagination with Recycled Materials
Here are some easy activities to inspire new creations with your child:
|Cardboard Box Activities
If you enjoy ordering online or exchanged gifts over the holidays, you may have a lot of cardboard boxes around your home. A cardboard box can be used in many ways to inspire your child’s creativity. The box can be used as a surface to paint or draw on or as an easel that paper is attached to. Additionally, the box can be decorated and turned into a castle, car, or anything else your child imagines. For more ideas with cardboard boxes visit Child's Play ABC by clicking here.
Let the Good Times Roll
Toilet paper or paper towel rolls are also versatile and can be used in many ways. They can be dipped in paint to make circular prints or several rolls can be taped together to make long tunnels for cars, balls, or marbles to race through. If your child enjoys singing and dancing, turn your toilet paper tube into maracas. Click here to learn how to make toilet paper roll maracas.
Another fun activity to create and enjoy is an easy bird feeder. Click here to watch a short video on YouTube to learn how.
|Reuse Crayons for DIY "Crayon Cookies"!
If you have small children, chances are you have many broken crayons. A great way to reuse all those crayons is to turn them into crayon cookies. These multicolored crayons can add a new experience to coloring. Click here for the recipe.
Five Cereal Box Activities for Little Ones
|Construction with Cardboard
Many children love to build tall structures. Help your child gather boxes and cardboard rolls of different sizes to use for their new construction. You can help them extend the activity by encouraging them to decorate with paint, stickers, or wrapping paper. To learn how you can use toilet paper rolls to build with click here.
If you have cardboard egg cartons in your home, click here to learn how to build with egg cartons.
For more ideas on inspiring imagination and creativity with recycled materials based on your child’s grade level visit Education.com at https://www.education.com/activity/recycled+crafts/
|Some materials used to create with may be considered choking hazards and not appropriate for children under three. If Items are small enough to fit inside a toilet paper roll, they are considered a choking hazard and will require close supervision.|
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