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Contain Yourself: Flower Power


During summer and spring we all see our gardens and surroundings fill with gorgeous flowers that we want to bring inside to liven the house! Let your kids feel as though they are a helpful part of decorating the house with these fun vases made out of recycled cans. Not only are crafts fun, they help improve emotional, physical and mental development! Read more about the benefits of crafting.

Encourage spending quality family time together with this project and get out of the house and into nature to explore allowing your children to develop a connection. It’s very beneficial and important to take a break from your busy week and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones! Read about the importance of spending time in nature.

Chipper Recycle Craft: Can Flower Vase

What you need:

  • Metal Can (soup or food can; or go big with a coffee can or oatmeal container)
  • Glue or Tape
  • Construction Paper or Recycles Paper
  • Scissors
  • Extras: Paper, Cotton Balls, Ribbons, Buttons, Pipe Cleaners, or anything fun you want to stick on your can
  • Optional: Flower Seeds and Soil

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Instructions:

Sit down as a family and let your minds go wild! Make a can that encompasses your personality that you would be proud to have around the house. Clean out the cans and make sure all materials are laid out before you begin the project.

  1. To make a woven paper decoration for your can as seen above, just cut 1 inch thick strips of paper from two different colors of construction paper (or try using folded strips of Newspaper from the Funnies section!)
  2. Lay two strips of your paper in the shape of a plus sign and tape them together. Weave another strip through and tape the ends of horizontal strips to one of the vertical strips, alternating top and bottom attachments.
  3. Weave the remaining vertical strips, securing their ends to the top and bottom horizontal strips. Trim off any extra paper and use tape or glue to attach to your can!
  4. Once your cans are done, take a family hike to pick up flowers to put in the cans. Or add dirt and some seeds to grow your own plants in the can.
  5. Place somewhere fun in the house and enjoy! Make sure to read directions on your seed packet and put it in the sun if you decide to grow your own flowers.

What other uses can you find for your decorated can? Share with Chipper in the comments below!

 

July 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Contain Yourself: Show You Care


Everyone loves to know that they are appreciated and loved no matter what age; but with our busy schedules today we often forget to stop for a moment to make sure everyone truly knows how important they are in our lives.

According to the Raising Children Network, any kind of acknowledgement will help to build confidence, develop a relationship and encourage good behavior. Emotional literacy is also an essential skill to develop within children starting at a young age and by allowing them to express themselves through these notes you greatly enhancing their literacy by allowing them to be emotional in an nonverbal way.

The container for this week will help ensure that these special thoughts and acknowledgements are not forgotten by making cute ‘mailboxes’ for everyone in the family.PIggy Bank 1

Once the mailboxes are complete and placed somewhere central in the house with paper and pens, everyone will be able to capture their thoughts of appreciation by simply slipping a note into a family member’s mailbox. You can also make it a family event to read everyone’s notes out loud, allowing the family to gather together once again.

Piggy Bank 5What you need:

  • Coffee or Oatmeal cylinder container
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Magazines, paper, paint or anything you want to stick on your container
  • Scratch paper for your notes to each other
  • Pens for writing notes
  • Creativity and Imagination!

Piggy Bank 4Making your container:

  • Find a time your family is all free and begin to collect materials to decorate your container.
  • Cut a slit in the top of the container making a place your special notes can be placed.
  • Let your minds go wild and make a container that represents you and you want to have on show in the house.Piggy Bank 2

Chipper made this cute “Piggy Bank” container with pink construction paper. Make your own animal (cow, horse, squirrel, etc.) or just decorate it with markers/crayons, nature materials, glitter … sky’s the limit! Add a “tail” to your mailbox by folding a strip of paper back and forth until you’ve reached the end then tape it to your container.

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What kind of notes will you deliver to your family? It can be as simple as, “Thank you for doing the dishes!” to a more elaborate message of appreciation for behavior, actions, or even a hug! There’s nothing like getting some appreciation after a long day of work or school so consider making it a weekly family action.

Share your family mail boxes with Chipper and the gang in the comments below or on Facebook! We’d love to see what you come up with 🙂

 

July 13, 2014 at 1:28 pm Leave a comment

Chipper Recycle Craft: Contain Yourself!


Summertime is the perfect time to let kids explore while you’re outside; whether in your backyard, the beach, or a local park keeping everyone within eyesight or earshot creates a safe space for children to exercise some independence. And these explorations usually end up with kids coming back to you with pockets full of special “finds.”

This week we welcome our summer Chipper Intern, Alexa Swartz, and her ideas on where to put the treasures you decide to keep.

Chipper Intern – Alexa Swartz

I remember collecting things as a child when out hiking with my family. Many items are a part of nature so my parents always taught us the principals of Leave No Trace which meant we needed to leave most of what we found with nature and the animals using it as a resource for their habitat. But some items made it home and the mementos soon took over drawers and countertops. I like thinking back on this time and I realize it’s so easy to allow kids to contain these souvenirs with fun containers to store them in!

As an intern for Lets Go Chipper I will be posting weekly container crafts to offer ideas for all your keepsakes – they even make great packaging ideas for birthday gifts or housewarming gifts.

Not only will these crafts create a fun way for kids to store all their pieces of summer, but making crafts actually helps improve fine motor skills, strategic thinking and builds self-esteem in the process. Read more about the benefits of crafting!

Week 1: The Gum ContainerKids Recycle Craft | Collection Container

What you need:

  • A plastic gum container
  • Mod Podge, glue, or tape
  • Scissors
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Magazines, paper, paint or anything you want to stick on your container
  • Creativity

How to make your container: Kids Recycle Craft

  1. Set out materials on an easily cleanable surface allowing your child to create without worry. Breaking down a cardboard box is an easy way to create a workspace that protects counters or tables you don’t want to get dirty.
  2. Encourage your child to make a plan and think about what they want before immediately jumping in.
  3. Feel free to create! There is no right or wrong in this project so let their imaginations take flight and see what the container ends up looking like. Let them use any medium and design they want. This project is about the process and fun and memories that come from creating the container, don’t dwell on if the child will like the outcome and just let them enjoy the process.
  4. Enjoy! Fill the container with anything, from pens and pencils at school, to sticks and rocks found around the garden. Let it contain whatever the child perceives to be important to them.

What else would you do with this container? Share with Chipper in the comments below!

June 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Chipper Recycle Craft + Activity: Nature Journal


Chipper playfully teaches Earth and Space Science, Creative Arts and Fine Motor Skills.Create your own special nature journal with recycled materials that can both help save the environment and embrace the beauty of nature!

Let's Go Chipper | nature Journal

Collect Your Materials

Explore and Collect materials like:

  • Recycled paper (Paper bags, used computer paper, light colored newspaper, light colored magazine pages, etc.)
  • Cereal Box or any recycled cardboard box
  • Hole puncher
  • String and yarn
  • Paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils
  • Leaves, petals, seeds, and sticks

Chippers Tips:

  • During your outdoor adventures, help your child engage their five senses to evaluate what they see, smell, taste, hear, and feel. When they find something that peaks their curiosity, ask questions and peak their interest in drawing or writing it in their journal.
  • Ideas to inspire creativity – cloud chasing or finding characters in clouds, bird watching, evaluating insects, making silly faces with friends, eating a piece of fruit and finding various types of leaves!
  • Tell your child to, “Play but don’t stray!” when they are exploring and to “Keep your tail on the trail!”
Let's Go Chipper | Nature Journal

Make your journal.

Making your Nature Journal: 

  1. For cover: Decide on the size of your journal and trace and cut out from your cereal box or every day box. You can use either side of the box to face out.
  2. Decorate the cover using collected and coloring materials.
  3. Journal pages: cut the paper bags or found papers to just within the size of the cover.
  4. With adult help use a hole puncher to make 3-5 holes lined up on the front and back cover. Do the same with the inside journal pages.
  5. Weave the yarn/string to connect the journal and tie a bow at the top or bottom to secure the bindry.
  6. Time for creating! Encourage story telling through pictures and images, words, and found materials all celebrating nature or daily experiences. Make it a weekly activity to explore the outdoors and then add to your nature journal!

    Let's Go Chipper | Nature Journal

    Explore and record!

Let’s Go Chipper into the Great Outdoors!

May 2, 2014 at 12:29 pm 2 comments

Chipper Recycled Crafts: Toilet Roll Bunny


Celebrate Easter and Earth Day with this cute recycle bunny craft! For many of us, Easter is the Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. For others, this time of Spring celebrates the Jewish holiday of Passover. However, for those who aren’t religious, Easter is followed with the tradition of coloring hard-boiled eggs and giving baskets of candy.

Happy Easter from Let's Go Chipper

This tradition of bunnies, eggs and candy go back to the holiday’s root purpose: procreation! Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the ancient Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility. Her symbols (like the egg and the bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols. After Roman Emperor Constantine decided to Christianize the Empire, Easter was changed to represent the rebirth Jesus as well as the spring season of birth and growth. Who knew!

Have some fun with your kids creating this colorful and playful bunny from a recycled toilet roll. Create a habitat for the bunny with other recycled material and let your children’s imaginations roam or take it outside and explore nature with your recycle craft bunny!

Supplies:

  • Recycled Toilet Roll
  • Paper (Chipper used red and white but choose any two colors or use paint!)
  • Markers
  • Pompoms
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes

Directions:

  • Cut two long skinny bunny ears out in the same color and cut two more smaller ones out in a different color. Glue the smaller ones inside of the larger ones to create bunny ears.
  • Cover the roll with paper your used for larger ears, cut with scissors to fit and tape or glue to attach to toilet roll. Or paint it whatever color you like!
  • Glue the ears to the inside of the toilet paper roll with smaller ears facing forward. 
  • Glue on googly eyes and small pompoms for nose and tail. Add any other decorations that you can think of!
  • Draw on whiskers with marker or pen. Try adding a smiling bunny face too!
  • Place your bunny somewhere around the house or classroom OR go outside and hop around!

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Make it a teachable moment! Check out these fun facts about bunnies and share with your little ones. Have a Chipper Easter! 🙂

April 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

Chipper Tip: Only Rain Down the Drain!


Just Rain down the Drain

You see the signs right? And it seems obvious but millions of pounds of trash and plastic enter our waterways through our curbside drainage system each year. The effect on our plant and sea life is huge: about 22,000 bodies of water in the United States are considered “impaired” by the Environmental Protection Agency due to this pollution.

Let's Stroll Crissy Fields | Eco-Educational Book and App for Kids | Free Activities

As we celebrate National Wildlife Week and the theme being “water,” be inspired to take action over just acknowledging the importance of clean water for our animals on land and sea.

What we can do:

  1. If you see it, own it: Lead by example and pick up trash when you see it on the ground. Use good judgment, plastic/foil chip bags, paper bags, and plastic bottles are generally safe to pick up but be safe first.
  2. Make the grade: Collaborate with your classroom and take a walk through the neighborhood. A good stroll is healthy for both mind and body and the clean up helps foster a deeper connection with your community.
  3. Power to the Park Ranger – Chipper is the most enthusiastic ambassador in town and always pays respect to the ranger. Invite your local state or national park ranger, or junior ranger, into the classroom to teach kids about streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, even the little puddle along the path. All give life to the forest and eventually make it to the sea. Teaching kids the principals of Leave No Trace will inspire them to pick up any litter along the trails during spring and summer hiking and camping adventures

Here are some great tips and things to keep in mind:

Collaborate as a family, school, and community and join Chipper in Making Change for the Better – what we do as individuals makes a different for all! Print the label below, attach to recycled can, collect change, and donate to the Ocean Conservancy to help keep our water ways clean!

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Click here to download, print, and color!

 

Let’s go Chipper and remember to give a little thumbs up to the National Wildlife Federation!

Let's Stroll Crissy Fields | Eco-Educational Book and App for Kids | Free Activities

March 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Chipper Recycle Craft: Plastic Bottle Cap Magnets


Americans represent 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage. Now, more than ever, we need to do our part to reuse, reduce, recycle, reconsider and reimagine before we throw something away. Teaching our children to reduce waste is a crucial element to the future of our planet and species. Of the garbage Americans throw out, half could be recycled, which is enough to fill a football stadium from top to bottom everyday. Let’s work together to lower this number – we can start by being creative!

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Recycling Resources for Plastic Bottle Caps

  • Check with your city. Some cities do accept plastic bottle caps, but they may require that you remove the cap from the bottle and put it in the bin separately. The only way to find out is to check with your city. Try Googling something like “[YourCity] Plastic Recycling.” Lots of cities now have websites where that information is easy to access.
  • Whole Foods. Some Whole Foods Markets and other grocery stores accept #5 plastic caps for recycling along with their plastic bag recycling. Next time you’re shopping, check their bins to see if yours does, too!
  • Earth911. A go-to resource for any recycling question. You can search the Earth911 database for “plastic caps” to find facilities near you that will accept them.
  • Caps Can Do. If you can’t find a local place to drop off your plastic caps for recycling, you can ship them to Caps Can Do, a company that specializes in recycling #5 plastic!

Recycling is great, but reusing is better when you consider how inefficient plastic recycling is. TThere are many fun ways to reuse plastic caps, no matter your skill level. The possibilities are endless when you go through your recycling and trash bins with a creative mindset! Recycle crafts in general help kids learn to come up with their own ideas, build their creative confidence and mobile skills, and envision new purposes for common objects.

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For example, you can make some adorable magnets from recycled bottle caps or lids. Notorious for their longevity in the landfills (plastic takes over 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill!), plastic lids can be reimagined to make fun recycle crafts, gifts and decorations!

Plastic Bottle Cap Magnets

Plastic Bottle Cap Lid Recycle Craft | Refrigerator Magnets

Image from The Crafty Crow

Materials:

  • Plastic lids and tops
  • Permanent markers
  • Hot glue gun or craft glue
  • Sticky magnet tape to put your creations on the fridge
  • Decorations: Multi-colored plastic (think of using the strip from around milk jugs or bread bag holders), construction paper, or felt…and any thing colorful you have around the house, like buttons, yarn, etc. Recycled magazines are perfect for cutting out letters and numbers to make into magnets.
    • Optional: googly eyes for cute looking faces
  • Cut wine corks if your lid is too deep to magnetize or just flip you lid and use the inside to decorate
    Making magnets

    Photo from Esprit Cabane

Directions:

Simply draw your face or creature on the lid with a permanent marker then use the hot glue gun or craft glue to add flare! From googly eyes, to pipe cleaners, have fun making monster lids, lady bug friends, or keep it simple with various facial expressions:

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Photo from Esprit Cabane

Plastic Lid bottle Cap Recycle Craft

Photo from Crafts by Amanda

There are many thing you can do with your recycled plastic bottle caps and lids! Extend the life of your hand soap with a home-made soap dish from EcoKaren:Plastic Bottle Cap Lid Recycle Craft

Make some cute stamps with your lids, styrofoam and some paint from The Long Thread:

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Or save your bottle caps and lids by color and get crafty! Here are some example of some beautiful art pieces made with recycled plastic:

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Image from Stark State

Bottle Cap Plastic Lid Recycle Art

Image from Art Grange

Bottle Cap Plastic Lid Recycle Art

Image from How We Montessori

Bottle cap mural

Image from Rolla City

What can you craft with your plastic lids and bottle caps? Share with Chipper!

February 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm 1 comment

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