Urban Roots shares eco-friendly craft ideas for kids

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — Kids’ crafts don’t have to end up in the trash, but rather it’s where you can start looking for recycled materials that make great activities for kids of all ages.

Urban Roots Garden Classroom is a “Reno-based non-profit organization working to change the way communities eat and learn through garden-based education.”

Marlene Hild joined Morning Break’s Katey Roshetko with two simple crafts anyone can do.

Eggshell Mosaics

Materials:

  • Pre-dyed, crushed eggshells (this can be a fun DIY to do beforehand)
  • liquid glue
  • Cardboard canvas

Instructions:

  1. Draw a drawing or picture on your cardboard canvas.
  2. Cover the lines with glue. You may want to do it one line or section at a time and sprinkle one color at a time.
  3. Sprinkle the eggshells over the glue, making sure to cover all the glue.
  4. Leave to dry flat so that the glue does not run as it dries.

Recycled wind chimes

Materials:

  • Stick or metal hanger; enough for a group of students
  • Rope or thread
  • Paper and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers and/or paints
  • Mix of reused materials (ex: keys, lids/caps from water bottles and jars, tin cans, beads, buttons, old CDs, unused silverware, washers, nuts/bolts, etc.)

Instructions:

  1. Collect recycled materials around your home or in your neighborhood. There are many materials that would make an excellent chime.
  2. Plan your chime by drawing it out and deciding how you will assemble it.
  3. Choose the base for your chime. It could be the top of a yogurt lid or a jar, an old CD, a tin can, a coat hanger or a stick. Use your imagination and engineering skills to choose the best top for your chime.
  4. Using scissors, carefully cut holes in the top of your base.
  5. Cut long strands of yarn to thread your materials.
  6. Tie the thread to the base and secure it with a knot.
  7. Thread other materials to complete your chime. It’s a good idea to secure each added item with a knot so it doesn’t slip on the thread.
  8. After you finish, hang the wind chimes in a windy place and listen to the different sounds made by the wind chimes.

Urban Roots is hosting a family movie night at the farm on Friday, July 22 from 7-10 p.m. The movie is called “The Biggest Little Farm”. The heartwarming documentary follows the quest of two city-turned-country folk as they bring 200 acres of farmland to life in a nature lover’s dream. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

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