Family Activities

As space in our landfills dwindles, it’s more important than ever for kids to understand what happens when they throw something away.

Here, we offer some activities that are both educational and entertaining. And who knows – maybe your kids have something to teach you about reducing, reusing and recycling in daily life.

What can you and your family do to reduce waste TODAY?

  1. Have a garage sale. Encourage the whole family to go through each room in the house to find items to sell. Items that do not sell can be taken to your local thrift store. You will help someone else reuse, while you recycle. And don’t forget the cash you can earn.
  2. Teach reuse. Tap into your creative side by using newspaper, magazines, old calendars or even fabric to wrap presents. You can also use these magazines to create paper beads as accessories.

    Here’s a short list of household waste items that can be reused. Can you think of crafts and art projects your kids will love to create with the following items?

    • Egg cartons
    • Styrofoam trays, cups, and peanuts
    • Film canisters
    • Glass jars and bottles
    • Baby-food jars
    • Plastic jugs and cartons
    • Coffee cans
    • Newpapers
    • Magazines, catalogs, or color newspaper supplements
    • Junk mail
    • Pieces of wallpaper
    • Unused remnants of shelf or contact paper
    • Ribbon and fabric scraps
    • Old clothes
    • Cardboard boxes
    • Cardboard tubes from paper towels, toilet paper, and gift wrap; heavy cardboard mailing tubes
    • Tin cans
    • Cereal boxes
    • Wire hangers
    • Paint swatches
  3. Make it a challenge and provide incentives. Ask your family to challenge each other by keeping track of who can recycle the most beverage containers. See who can find the first product at the grocery store made from recyclable materials. How many ways can you reuse a jar? What ideas does your family have? Don’t forget to reward everyone for their efforts. Challenge your family to reduce their waste by 10% and take the challenge today!

The following sites provide activities and crafts that the entire family will enjoy: