Get Yo Green On Tuesday - A Green Teen Activity During Winter Break - Recycle and REMIX!
Posted Dec 23 2008 2:42pm
It is Winter Break - that dreaded time when all parents sigh a collective groan. How do you keep your kids busy for two weeks of no-school-snow-day-filled holiday?
I have the answer: RECYCLE!
Teens and pre-teens are all about self-expression. Why not encourage them to pull out the old magazines, catalogs, books, photos, and art supplies and creatively build a poster board. Including newspaper and magazine cut-outs can be very artistic and encourages the reduce, reuse, and recycle mindset.
New York City has started its "Recycling Magazines is EXcellent (REMIX)" Television Campaign to encourage citizens to recycle catalogs and magazines. Reusing magazines and catalogs keeps them out of landfills and this is a great opportunity to teach your teen, and all of your children, what that can mean for our environment. Here is the latest commercial for the REMIX program -
Recyclables are picked up via curbside service here in our community, and fortunately magazines and catalogs are a part of that service. However, instead of simply tossing products into the recycling bin without a thought, why not consider alternative uses for them? Reusing products can be a fun artistic outlet, particularly for teens and pre-teens, and the perfect activity for a snowy winter break day.
Activities which include a lesson are always great for kids. They learn without realizing they are getting an education. Teaching your kids how to recycle new products is just the beginning. If you have a houseful of children, baking is the perfect activity to occupy their time; measuring means counting and math. It IS the season of love, giving, and SUGAR - - spend some quality time together enjoying the best of what that offers and BAKE COOKIES.
Spend some time this season teaching your children how to be green and how fun activities can teach surprising things. Your kids will be happy to enjoy some special time with you and the holiday break will go by quickly. Happy Holidays!