With so many projects dealing with recycling and reducing, I decided that it was time to explore the concept of reusing. After looking at what we had available, we thought it best to use a milk carton and see what we could make out of it. My daughter thought that they really looked like houses, so why not make houses for her pet shops?
Here's how we did it:
2. Using the ruler, have your child draw a straight line around the carton. Take some kitchen shears or other heavy duty scissors (adults only please!) and cut around the line to make two boxes.
3. Cut holes out for doors and windows. I did mine first, then let my daughter draw out where the windows should be on hers, and cut them out for her.
4. Lay some newspaper (or a painting blanket) on the ground, and get your painting station ready! You'll want your paints picked out and in some sort of pallet (if you don't have a pallet, paper plates work great), brushes in a jar (or cup) of water, and a rag nearby for wiping brushes.
My daughter had a great time being the designer of her own house. While she was painting, she talked about how she could make furniture for her toys to sit in, and what they would do while living in their house.
So have fun, get creative, and think of other ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle!