What to Recycle, The Importance of Recycling - FamilyEducation


Recycling is an easy way for your family to help keep Mother Earth clean and go green. Find out how!

Bottle to Vase

Bottle to VaseMaterials Bottles or other glass containers that could be used as a vase Colored tissue paper Scissors Photographs copied onto paper or colored pictures from magazines Brush Glue or Mod Podge (found at craft stores) Directions read more

Composting Basics

Composting BasicsMaterials Leaves Grass clippings Food scraps Potato peelings Banana skins Tea bags Worms Directions More than half the trash your family throws away could be composted to turn it back into rich, fertile soil. There are several easy ways to compost. read more

Conversation Starter: What Is the Earth’s Layer of Trash?

Can you believe that a person in the United States produces over 4 pounds of trash every single day? That adds up to 200 million tons of trash, in the U.S. alone. When we consider that many other countries across the world are also creating huge volumes of trash on a daily basis, it’s easy to understand why some scientists believe there’s now an entirely new geological layer deep inside the earth, made up of all our squashed garbage. read more

Ecology-Themed Bulletin Board

Teach your child about environmental waste and responsibility with this activity and bulletin board. This is a great activity to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22). read more

Economic Resources

Children will learn how resources, renewable and nonrenewable, are distributed throughout the world. This is a great activity to enjoy on America Recycles Day (November 15) or Earth Day (April 22). read more

From Trash to Crafts

From Trash to Crafts Crafty Clues Clean and collect a week's worth of items that you'd normally throw away and challenge your children to think of ways you could use the items in crafting. read more

Recycling Word Problems

Children are asked to write equations based on recycling word problems. This is a fun printable activity to celebrate America Recycles Day (November 15) and Earth Day (April 22) with. read more

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rethink Crafty Clues Around the house, fix items that are broken, or discard them and get new ones that work. Try to purchase appliances and tools that do several jobs, rather than buying a different tool for each job. A food processor is a good example. read more

Shoes, Paint, and Jan Matzeliger

Shoes, Paint, and Jan MatzeligerAges: All agesTime: 30 minutes or moreType of Activity: Art Materials needed: read more

Spring Cleaning

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. How much do you know about these three R's? read more

State Your Case About Packaging

Children brainstorm letters to companies about how to package products more efficiently. read more

Tour #1: The Trash Trail

Tour #1: The Trash TrailFollowing the trash trail from the kitchen wastebasket to litter's final resting place can be a real trip. The first stop on our journey was the town's shining new transfer station (conveniently located next to the old landfill -- a.k.a. dump). read more