Therapist Thursday….Celebrating Recycling

by: Michelle Yoder, OTR/L

Keep America Beautiful and celebrate America Recycles Day tomorrow, November 15, 2013.

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Tomorrow is a great day to teach your children the 3 R’s of recycling:  reduce, reuse, recycle.

How, you ask?  Don’t let it be overwhelming for you or the children!

Use these strategies to show your children how some simple steps can make a difference!

Keep it simple and meaningful to them: Educate your children on the benefits of recycling:

Reduces waste Saves trees Saves energy Reduces air and water pollutants Decreases material in landfills

Catch their attention: Did you know that recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run your TV for 4 hours?!

Promote a discussion and make a plan: Talk to your children about how some simple changes can help protect our planet Earth!  Challenge them to make one change, such as using re-usable water containers as opposed to drinking from plastic drink or water bottles.

Make a fun project using recycled materials: 

I saw a sign in a school the other day that was made out of plastic bottle lids of all colors.  It was beautiful, and a great visual motor activity, too!  As an OT, I am always saving stuff to use later.  You can always turn it into something! I promise that you’ll find good use for: egg cartons, plastic bottles, toilet paper and paper towel tubes and plastic spice containers! There are several ideas on Pinterest that could provide a ton of learning opportunities.  Some of my favorites were:

 

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A Rainbow Assortment!

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Appreciate Earthly beauty!

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Irresistible Exploration!

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Foster Creative Play and Imagination!

Before you throw your cartons and cans away, turn them into fun and creative crafts! There are so many more creative ideas out there!

Show us how you use your recycled materials!

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