You’ve signed the pledge, but does that really help your child understand the fun and importance of recycling. After all, signing a pledge is difficult for your child to understand.

So what can you do to reinforce these ideas in your child?

Spend some quality time together and explore a few different ways you can help decorate for the upcoming holiday. Between the fun of creating something new, the satisfaction of being an important part of the preparation, and the joy of receiving praise and recognition from visiting relatives and friends, you’ll be sure to instill a strong foundation for recycling in your little one.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Candle Votives

When the weather is nice, go for a walk and collect some of the colorful fallen leaves from the ground to bring home. You don’t want them to be too brittle and it doesn’t matter if they’re in perfect shape. You just want to find some with pretty colors or combinations.

Using a clean spaghetti jar or mason jar, glue the leaves in a more or less single layer to the outside of the jar. Use light amounts of glue or it will take forever to dry.

Once the glue has dried, you’re ready to place a small votive candle inside for a beautiful table or mantle decoration.

Napkin Rings

Start with spent toilet paper or paper towel tubes and cut them into narrow rings. With white school glue, use leftover yarn, colorful magazine pages, ribbon, beads, or other materials to decorate.

If you have a specific seating chart in mind, you can even decorate each ring to match the personality of the individual you wish to sit in each spot.

For a more permanent ring, you can use plastic shower rings in place of cardboard toilet paper tubes.

Coffee Can Turkey

For a cute centerpiece that can double as a central holder for extra serving utensils or other materials, make a coffee can turkey.

Start with an empty coffee can of any size and cover it with a piece of brown paper bag. You can use white paper or magazine cutouts to create eyes that you glue in place about a third of the way down from the top of the can.

Find a yellow or orange section of a magazine page to create a yellow triangular beak. Glue this at roughly the center point of the can to finish the face.

You can again use colorful magazine pages to create large feathers or recycle old book pages and use crayons to give them personality. Glue the feathers either to the inside of the can, sticking out from the top, or between the outside of the can and the brown paper.

Relax and Enjoy

Now that you and your child have had some fun getting ready for next week’s holiday and spent some time understanding what it means to recycle, maybe the two of you can find more reasons and ways to recycle around the house.

National Recycling Day