Where did it go? I know it was here a few minutes ago! Arrgghhhh!!! IT’S NOT RECYCLE IT’S FOR MY CLASS!
In the beginning my family would mistake the plastic yogurt cups, empty ribbon spools, wine corks, bubble wrap and takeout trays as trash and I’d be left debating whether it was worth a dive into the recycle to get it back. It’s taken awhile but they have learned not to assume that just because we are through with a container or jar lid that its uses are over. There are so many things in our everyday life otherwise destined for the curb that can be used in the classroom. An empty egg carton can become a sorting tray, a caterpillar, or a painting tool; round takeout containers can hold everything from glitter to glue or be used to trace perfect circles; yogurt containers are ideal for painting Kandinsky Circles, scooping in the rice bin, or holding beans that are carefully counted one at a time; old CDs can become fish, frogs, turkeys, or ornaments, and that bubble wrap is just right painting an ocean or laying on the floor to jump on and pop.
Our society is a throw away society. We like things to come prepackaged and easy to use. Rip it open, throw away the wrappings and when finished recycle the container. But before the wrapping, packing material, or container makes it into your bin, think a bit out of the box and see if you can find another use.
Speaking of box, HAS ANYONE SEEN THE SHOE BOX I LEFT DOWNSTAIRS? IT’S MY NEW FEELY BOX!