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Recently we’ve been trying to find small ways to make our lives healthier and just a little more green! Small changes to our daily life can add up to a lot! I’ve learned that if you want to make a lifestyle change every little bit counts and you don’t need to feel like you have to do everything at once! Making smalls changes such as using greener products, buying organic and finding ways to reuse/recycle are all helpful!
It’s easy to find ways to reuse and upcycle everyday household items. Normally we might think of these things as trash, but a lot of things that are trash can also be turned into treasures you can use for your kids activities! Here are 5 everyday item’s that I’ve upcycled recently!
1. Egg cartons: cut them up to use as paint trays for your kids next art project! I cut them into three trays and we use the lid for our paint projects, too! There are a ton of other crafts you can do with egg cartons- make egg carton animals, use them to plant mini garden or for a sorting game!
2. Upcycle Food Containers: I’ve been saving food containers for my son to use in his play kitchen! He pretends to mix, pour and even serves me “food.” Just be sure to clean then first!
3. Turn a milk jug into a toy! I created a tiny play garage for my son’s cars out of a milk jug. Just wash the jug out, let it dry and cut out of the sides for an opening. Decorate with permanent marker and you’re all set! You could also make a fairy house or a tiny doll house!
4. Give toilet paper rolls an extra life! There are so many possibilities for crafts and games you can create with old TP rolls. I save them up just in case! Here I created a sorting game by painting a different color on each roll for my son to sort colored pom poms.
5. Cardboard Box Fun! Kids can have so much fun with a simple cardboard box. This one was a huge box we were shipped our new set of towels in and it made the perfect rocket ship for him to play in! I let him decorate with markers and stickers and he had so much fun with imagine play in his rocket ship. Another part of the box was used to create a car race track down the stairs! You could also make a boat, race car, play house, play kitchen and more!
These are all ways you can upcycle items to make toys or fun activities for your kids, but what about existing toys? You can make your kid’s toys just a little more green by using recycled batteries! You read that right! Energizer has created the first battery on the market that is made with recycled materials!
Energizer’s EcoAdvanced batteries are all new and Energizer’s longest lasting batteries. They come in AA as well as AAA so you can use them in many of your kids toys, remotes, smoke detector and more! I think it’s awesome that they found a way to create batteries with recycled material to help us take one more tiny step to living a greener lifestyle!
I found Energizer EcoAdvanced batteries in the special battery display by the registers at Walmart. They also had them in the electronics department.
They are also offering an awesome giveaway for Walmart gift cards!! Enter below!
Thanks for checking out my 5 upcycled kids activities! What are some ways you upcycle everyday items into something for your kids or yourself? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!
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