It may not feel like a lot, but every time you reduce, reuse, and recycle, you’re making a difference. But, sometimes going green can seem like a chore. If you want to add some fun to your quest to be environmentally friendly, here are five DIY recycled crafts that you and your kids can create to find new uses for salvaged materials.

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Save a two-liter bottle and start saving money with this recycled piggy bank! You can take the concept literally and create a cute pig, or you can create a depository that represents your favorite animal. Try painting an inspirational quote on it for a constant reminder of the goals you’ve set for your student.

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Bird feeders are a great way to give back to the environment around you, and there are so many different styles that you can create. One type of bird feeder that you’re likely to have all of the supplies for is this toilet paper roll bird feeder that uses peanut butter, seeds, and string.

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Springtime often inspires spring cleaning, and getting organized is part of that. Rather than buying expensive containers, use cereal boxes and personalize them as much as possible with your favorite colors, and have your children decorate them. You can store anything from papers, to markers, and you’re helping the planet.

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There’s a lot you can do with old tin cans, starting with turning them into colorful planters for a decorative garden. Gardens offer a terrific learning opportunity, so why not incorporate recycling into your homemade garden by using old soup cans.


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Simple recycled materials and sturdy construction can make a fun game for students of any age. Build a marble run or a Foosball table with a shoebox and craft sticks, and let the games begin!

Be sure to visit the K12 Pinterest Board for Earth friendly ideas, too!

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