Put Spring’s energy to good use by celebrating the beauty of the world God gave us. Earth Day is coming up this Saturday and there are a lot of things you can do with your little one to celebrate while helping to instill in them the stewardship we all must take of our planet.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This mantra helps remind us what we can do to help take care of our environment from whatever level we’re on. Here’s a fun way to help the popular slogan stick in your child’s head. Make a no-sew, reusable, completely washable, recycled shopping tote bag.
There is a lot of reduce wrapped up in this project. Made out of a recycled T-shirt you can pick up at Goodwill for 50 cents, it can be a fun activity to do with your child and a powerful reminder to use those bags every time you go shopping.
- Reusable, washable tote bags made of recycled T-shirts reduces waste in so many ways:
- Puts those old T-shirts to use instead of into landfills
- Fewer plastic bags need to be made when everyone remembers to bring their tote bags to the store (and what better reminder than that tiny voice from the back seat?)
- While they can make halfway decent trash can liners for smaller buckets, bringing fewer (or zero) plastic shopping bags home means you don’t need to throw as many away
- How many plastic bags do you see floating across parking lots on the wind? Fewer of those means you’re reducing the number of animals that get sick (and die) because they thought the bag was food or because they got trapped in the plastic
What you’ll need
The beauty of these bags is they don’t take very long to make and you need almost no skill to make it happen. Plus, it helps your child work on those fine motor skills while practicing how to tie knots.
- 1 T-shirt for each bag you want to make (the heavier the better for stability)
- 1 pair of sharp scissors for the adult in the room
- Roughly 10 minutes working on your own; add whatever time you feel is appropriate for your child’s attention span
- A preschooler ready and eager to practice knot-tying skills
Here are the step-by-step (with pictures!) instructions on how to pull this off with ease.