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Recycle Creations

January 1, 2011
Birthday cake made with paper.

Fun birthday cake make with recycled paper, pipe cleaners and fun!

I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire.

On a day that it’s too cold to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours!

Materials:

Gather interesting and clean containers from everyday items like:

  • cereal
  • yogurt
  • tissue
  • tubes from empty paper towels and toilet paper
  • wrapping paper
  • ribbon, string or yarn

Explain to your child that they can make anything they would like.

One favorite “Recycled Creation” that many kids like to make is a marble maze. Using cardboard tubes from wrapping paper, paper towel and toilet paper rolls your child can make a maze in which a marble travels along a path made by the tubing. They can assemble the tubes in a number of ways but keep in mind:

  • That it must start high (like the top of a table) and descend to the floor using gravity otherwise it won’t get the momentum to complete the maze.
  • Let them decide on where they want to attach the tubes but help them make the holes to connect the tubes (so the tubes aren’t accidentally crushed).
  • Using masking tape to connect the pieces is easy for most children to manipulate.
  • Cut a slit on the top of some of the tubes so your child can watch the marble descend! They’ll enjoy following its progress.
  • Have them cut out a C-shape at the end of the connecting tubes if the marble must make a turn to help the marble drop into the other tube and change direction.
  • Let them decorate the tubes anyway they would like. Stickers and markers are easy to add and gives the maze a jazzy look. If they want to, they can cover the tubes with construction paper before the tubes are attached.
  • Another way to do it, is to attach the tubes to the wall or use the refrigerator and magnets to attach tubes.
  • Lots of hours of fun!

 

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