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Get Yo Green On Tuesday - Recycled Homemade Holiday Gifts From Children

Posted Dec 02 2008 9:26pm

This year has been tough - many are losing homes and businesses. Millions of people are being forced to make cut backs during the holiday giving season. Because of this years' hard times, it might be an especially good time to help children understand that Dad and Mom cannot spend as much money. It is time to teach children how they can reduce, reuse, and recycle and help their family live better during a difficult economy.

An amazing quantity of perfectly good and useful products are thrown into the landfill daily in the United States. Recently, I happened to drive-by a trash bin in a public parking lot and spotted a treasure laying on the ground next to the industrial sized waste bin: an abandoned frosted glass checkers board. No kidding. It had a tiny chip on one corner, but was otherwise fine.

Recycled Checkers Craft

When I brought it home to the kids, the youngest excitedly jumped up and down saying she had a great idea on how to reuse that checkerboard and give it as a gift to Grandpa for the holidays.

Within minutes she had cut up an old egg carton and painted the pieces to resemble red and black "checkers." The project was simple, fun, and green - she learned how to save money and make a nifty hand made gift. Grandpa is going to love it!

Recycled Checkers Set

Get green and save a landfill - recycle - it's easy to do. Teach children to make a difference for the world!

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community! www.thecasualgardener.com or The Blog - www.gardeningnude.com

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