Pinterest in Real Life - Recycling Invitation to Play

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

 

It's our last few days of vacation and it was raining outside so I figured I'd do an invitation to play with all the recycling that we had here in our condo. I put out egg cartons, cardboard, pipe cleaners, paper bags, crayons and markers. Then I just let them create.

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Unlike the last invitation to play I tried, my son decided to actually use the materials. He made a fort for his dinosaurs out of cardboard and tape. He asked me to make air holes so the dinosaurs could breathe. And he also made a volcano for the dinosaurs out of pipe cleaners and cardboard.

The dinosaur fort, complete with air holes.

The dinosaur fort, complete with air holes.

The volcano for the dinosaurs

The volcano for the dinosaurs

My daughter made a school bus out of egg cartons and pipe cleaners for the paper fish that we made earlier.  She also found a caterpillar she'd made a few weeks ago out of an egg carton and used it as a second bus to get the other fish.

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We've had a great time on our trip and the kids did really well with the supplies we brought. There are some things I'd leave at home next time and some others I'd wish I'd brought with us. We only went to a toy store once during a long rainy stretch.  I wonder what they'll do when they get home and see all their toys?

 

Have you ever done a project with recycling?

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