Here’s a fun idea for all those odds and ends you have laying around the house. Use them in a crafts project! Recycled crafts involves taking items that would otherwise end up in the trash and using them to create something new. This includes pieces of paper, scraps of fabric, cereal boxes, bottle caps, plastic jars and whatever else you have.
If you’re having a hard time imagining how to turn that empty laundry detergent bottle into something else, have no fear. The library has several books to help you get started. Recycled Crafts Box has ideas for things like puppets, jewelry, and castles (toy castles, of course). Ecology Crafts for Kids shows you how to use items from nature as well as household items. Earth Friendly Crafts for Kids is arranged by material (glass, plastic, etc.) and demonstrates how to use these things to make something beautiful.
The message in all of these books is largely an environmental one. They each offer suggestions for how children (and their parents) can reduce, reuse and recycle and to think twice before throwing something away. However, these are also good books for those on a budget. Buying crafts supplies is expensive. A lot of the suggestions in these books require nothing more than the “trash” and some glue and scissors, things most people have on hand. Whether you’re looking to save money or save the environment, these books will help you turn your “trash” into “treasure.”