April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a time when people around the world unite to draw attention to the problems facing our planet and work together to find solutions. One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect the Earth is by recycling. You can teach your kids about recycling and make it fun by turning items you no longer need into art projects.
One Earth Day art project we have done at schools and found that kids love is creating robots. Gather some common materials, such as cereal boxes, paper scraps, aluminum foil, shiny paper, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and anything else your kids want to use to create their robots. Help them decorate their boxes and bring to life their very own unique robots with special powers and personalities.
This fun activity is a great way to talk to your kids about recycling. People tend to think of things only in terms of their primary purpose and then throw them away when they are no longer needed. By turning trash into art, you can teach your kids to use things for a different purpose and to think creatively. This can encourage your kids to think about how they can reuse other things that they might otherwise throw away in the future.
Creating futuristic robots can also spark a conversation with your kids about what they imagine the world will be like when they grow up. Your children can begin to think about how people’s decisions today affect the world around them and what the world might be like years from now if we continue to make the same decisions. Your kids can begin to think about ways that we might do things differently to make the world a better place. Earth Day is the perfect time to introduce your kids to the concept of recycling and get them thinking about how we can all do our part to protect the planet.