Recently I heard about this cool e-Book called “Uppity Owl Upcycles a Brooch” by children’s book author Monica Blas. It’s about a crafty owl that lives by a pond and learns to “upcyle.” What’s upcycling? I was asking myself the same thing! It’s finding new uses for old things you have just kicking around. I think this is a really creative and neat way to start to teach kids about the environment.
Want to try some upcycling with your kids? Here are three ideas – click on the links for the full instructions.
Here is something cute I found, although it might be a bit dangerous so just make sure you’re supervising! Take two empty baby wipes containers and four rubber bands, and you can create giant flip flop stilts for your kids. Only for the light of feet!
Love this idea for toddlers! Just punch holes with a hole-punch in the top of an empty oatmeal container, grab some plastic straws and you have a great game for little ones. Trust me, some babies could spend hours doing this! You can even decorate the container if you’re feeling artsy in fun, primary colors. And just think how much money you’re saving on not buying a pricey toy. Plus, straws are pretty easy and cheap to replace unlike other blocks!
I spotted this adorable idea for re-using baby food jars on Pinterest, of course. And it’s perfect for this time of year! Fill one jar with peppermints, one with hot cocoa mix and one with marshmallows, and decorate. You can buy the felt hats at any crafts store and either use a hot glue gun and felt pieces for the faces, OR just relax and let your kids tape on construction paper eyes and noses. These would make a great little holiday gift for a teacher or babysitter from your child. I recommend putting the coca and marshmallows in the jars after the kiddies have decorated, lest you end up with cocoa mix all over the kitchen floor or find that the elves are nibbling!