I am always looking for ways to teach the girls about recycling and giving back to the community. So last week I started a new project for the kids. Let’s go through the toy closet and gather all the small toys we received in goodie bags, McDonalds Happy Meals, etc that we don’t need anymore and put them in a “treasure chest” (plastic box).
In honor of Earthfest, the girls and I sold these recycled small toy “treasures” for 25 cents a piece. All funds we raised were donated to the local bird sanctuary toward the erection of a shelter on the property. It went over really well with those who attended the event and it taught my daughters the following lessons: the importance of recycling, sales and customer service, math, fundraising and giving back to the community.
After the long winter, it was just nice to be outside again and we really had a lot of fun. We will probably do this again over the summer when we have a lemonade stand. Recycle, reduce and reuse: just another idea I thought I would share to make recycling more fun for kids while doing something nice for the community.