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Back-to-school time is ideal to teach kids the values of wasting less. Our eco-minded crafts and projects have the three Rs covered: reduce, reuse, recycle. What's more, they are super fun. That's an idea everyone can get behind.
With a mixture of white bread, glue, and a few drops of lemon juice, kids can make air-dried clay beads that can be painted and strung together to create beautiful accessories.
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These seedlings are the perfect size for children when grown in a kitchen leftover.
Plant seeds according to package instructions, and nestle planters in an egg carton on a sunny windowsill, where they can be watered easily. The first leaves to sprout will be the cotyledons, or seed leaves, which supply nutrients to the young plant until the first true leaves (resembling those of the parent plant) appear. When plants have grown to about 3 inches and have at least two sets of true leaves, they are ready to be transplanted to the garden. (Remove them from the eggshells first.)
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Great for a game of tag on a warm September afternoon, squishy sponge balls (made from kitchen sponges) are late summer's alternative to snowballs. They also make a family chore like car-washing more fun.
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Help your budding musician create a banjo using a shoe box, a mailing tube, pencils, and rubber bands.
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Talk about blowing away the competition! This air-powered milk-carton car needs just a huff and a puff to get its little wheels rolling.
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Flattened metal bottle caps become music-makers when affixed to paper plates.
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This little piggy (bank) started off at the market as a bleach bottle.
To make one, rinse an empty bottle with hot soapy water; let dry. Cut features such as eyes, ears, and nostrils from construction paper (ears should have tabs). Attach with double-sided tape, as shown. Tape colored paper around body. Hot-glue empty thread spools on for legs. Cut a slot at the top for coins, and a hole in back to insert a pipe-cleaner tail.
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These lovely notebooks are a fun activity for the whole family and a great way to recycle paper, which can make a big difference for the environment.