Today is Earth Day, a day when we become more aware of ways to save the Earth. I recently saw this idea in Family Fun, and I thought what a great way to teach kids to recycle. All you need to make a Recycle Monster is two paper bags of a the same size, scrap paper, and a glue stick.
Cut a large circle on one side of one of the paper bags. Be careful to only cut through one layer of the bag. To easily make the teeth place a piece of white paper in the hole and draw them to the size you want. Cut out the teeth and glue into place with a glue stick. Make eyes out of paper circles. When you are ready to put the monster together, secure the bags with some tape.
Have your kids personalize the monster with scrap paper. I am a scrapbooker (or used to be when I had time) so I have a lot of scraps.
Put your recycle monster in a convenient place, where everyone will remember to feed the monster. You can have different monsters for different items you want to recycle. Have the kids name the monsters so they know what "food" each monster wants to eat.. Once could be Pete the Paper Eater, another Chuck the Can Eater, and so on.. I do have one suggestion if you have younger kids, you might want to check what is in your recycle monster before going to the recycling bin.. You may find that your monster likes to eat all kind of unusual things!
I will be linking up my Recycle Monster on the following linky parties here.