Gardening With Recycled Materials

There are quite few containers that can be used as inexpensive gardening tools such as seedling starters, planters, and tools.
Here are a few of the things you can save:

Food grade plastic containers in all sizes: Yogurt and sour cream containers, soda/water bottles, fruit cups, milk/water/juice/vinegar jugs, salad, cake/cupcake, and plastic take-out containers, 5 gallon water jugs, buckets, nut/candy containers, parmesan cheese containers, juice bottles, litter and other large food grade containers, coffee containers (K-cups and large containers), vitamin bottles, and others.

Other Things To SaveStyrofoam: Cups, take-out containers, and egg cartons - cans - glass jars - cardboard egg cartons - milk/juice cartons, newspaper, cardboard tubes, and whatever else you find useful!


Ideas For Use

Plastic cups can be used to plant seedlings. Larger ones can hold a flowering plant and most herbs to full growth. They can be decorated with paint and stickers and given as gifts too. Pop holes in the bottom with a drill or use a candle, nail, and pliers to make holes. (Adult supervision suggested.)

Plastic containers with lids, water bottles, and vitamin bottles are great for storing seeds. Soda bottles can be turned into self-watering planters, or used as a planter.

Milk cartons can be turned into planters that can easily grow a basil/herb plant, a flower, or lettuce. Paint the carton with acrylic paint and decorate with foam stickers or paint a picture. Milk cartons can be cut down and used as temporary plant markers for seedlings.


5 Gallon containers can be turned into a self-watering container garden.

Egg cartons can be used to sort seeds before planting or to start seedlings. 

Milk/water jugs make great watering containers. Simply pop a few holes in the lid with a nail or drill. Use plastic jugs to make plant markers too.

Salad containers can be used to store harvested veggies in the fridge.

Cardboard Tubes can be cut down and used to start seedlings.

Take out containers are great for watering seedlings and to put under plants.

Plasticware - Save your better quality plastic-ware to spoon soil to containers, rake soil to add flower seeds, or to smooth soil over seeds with a knife.


More Information

Inspiration Laboratories: Recycled Container Gardening With Kids - Upcycle various containers and household items to use in the garden.

iCreativeIdeas: 40+ Creative DIY Garden Containers and Planters from Recycled Materials - Almost anything can be used as a gardening container! Check out the suggestions on this site!

Note: Make sure all containers are clean before use and are food grade. Containers that are not food grade, or once used for chemicals, should never be reused.
Videos

Please visit my Gardening With Recycled Items playlist located on YouTube. 


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Contact Juggling

Contact Juggler
HowStuffWorks: Entertainment: How Contact Juggling Works - Different
from traditional juggling, learn how contact juggling works.

WikiHow To Start Contact Juggling - Learn about 'Shereplay' and how it works. Tips offered as well.

Wikipedia: Contact Juggling - History, types, controversy and more. Site offers information, pictures and a short video example.


Juggling Tutorials for Beginners - Includes information about contact juggling.


Videos

Please check out my YouTube Playlist for Contact Juggling video tutorials and to watch amazingly talented contact jugglers! 
Here's one of the great videos you can find there.


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Earth Day Activities!

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Save your take out containers, cereal boxes, small containers, old shirts, milk/water jugs and cartons, straws, soda/water bottles, bottle caps and lids, wire hangers, and egg shells for the following fun and Earth friendly activities!


Make Your Own Nature Backpack - Before you go out to explore the world, build a nature backpack to take along with you!

Net Bag - Use an old wire hanger to make a net bag that closes.

Crafts From Repurposed Items - Used a variety of recycled items to make useful things.

Make Your Own Bubble Solution - Make homemade bubble solution than bubble making objects from recycled items. Make scented bubbles too!

Solar Cooking - Make a solar cooker from a take out container then cook your lunch outside!

Bird Watching Activities - Bird watching activities from repurposed items, bird treat ideas, and links to bird-related activities and information.

Bottle Toss Game - Make a simple game with hula hoops and soda bottles.

Mini Marble Run Instructions to make a mini marble run with straws, a cereal box, and a marble.

Make Your Own Bottle Cap StampsMake your own stamps from recycled caps and lids, then create a fun game to play with them.

Rock & Mineral Resources - Rock & Mineral Resources include: Types of rocks and minerals, rock symbols and mythology, experiments and more.

Geodes - Learn about geodes, how they are formed, how they form, interesting facts and do a crystal making activity with recycled egg shells.



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Easter Activities

Information

Wikipedia: Easter - Info about the Christian Feast.

History Channel: Easter - The origins of Easter.

Huffington Post: Easter Eggs: History, Origin, Symbolism And Traditions - Learn about Easter eggs and look through a picture gallery of beautifully decorated eggs.


Crafts

Mother Earth News: Natural Egg Dye - Learn how to make your own egg dye from beets, blueberries and onion skins.

DLTK: Easter Crafts and activities.

About.com Family Crafts: Easter - Lots of Easter ideas! Coloring pages, craft ideas and curriculum planning just to name a few of the many things this site has to offer!

Pam's Place: Easter Craft ideas for all ages!

Enchanted Learning: Easter Crafts - Bunny crafts, flower crafts and much more!

Fran's World of Discovery: Spark of the Day: Make an Easter Egg with a Surprise Inside - An open ended egg craft that allows the creator to use their imagination and language skills. Also, Eggshell Art - Save your colored eggshells to make fun scenes such as rainbows and flowers.


Across The Curriculum

Lesson Plans Page: Easter - Lesson's that reach across the curriculum

Dltk: Holidays-Easter - Easter puzzles, games, craft ideas, about Easter (history), dying eggs



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