“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” I believe we were entrusted to care for the earth by the Lord. So I try to teach our kids about conserving, reducing waste, and reusing what we have instead of trashing it. Recycling (and all its subcomponents) is more fun when kids can playfully learn and experiment with WHY it’s important and HOW it works. These toy kits teach kids to recycle, and give lessons on the value of taking good care of our resources. Plus, many of them use up old household items instead of just pitching them!
Nancy B’s Science Club – Garbage to Gardens Compost Kit
Kids can watch biodegradable items decompose with this see through compost bin. Compare paper versus food, or complete other experiments using the 22-page journal included. Built in magnifiers let kids actually see the decomposition process at work. Kids can conduct experiments to see which items decompose faster – or not at all! Use the compost to start a garden!
Buy it at EducationalInsights.com.
The Magic School Bus Going Green Kit
Little scientists are in for a wild ride with their favorite Magic School Bus characters like Miss Frizzle and the gang. This kit comes with nearly all the supplies for twelve different experiments. Learn how to recycle paper, shrink plastic, recreate the water cycle, and so much more in the recycling process. I love how this kit helps kids learn about how to reduce and reuse waste, and they’ll even make some cool products like their own paper, up cycled decorations, and Shrinky-Dink style toys.
Find this kit at The Young Scientist’s Club.
Green Science Kits
4M by Toysmith makes a host of amazing recycling and upcycling kits that teach Eco-engineering skills. Kids learn mechanical engineering skills plus get to use alternative energy sources!
The Motorized Box Dino actually uses the box and wrapper to create the Dino! So you don’t have much packaging waste leftover. Click the on switch and he chomps and chases you all over!
A Potato Clock helps kids discover substances that create power without using batteries. It’s a fun way to discover alternative energy all around us! (And you can try other foods too!).
Or, harness the power of the sun to create a Solar Rover vehicle with a recycled soda can body! A great toy with mechanical engineering components, plus a solar power experience.
Green Creativity and Crafting!
Toysmith also makes several craft kits that encourage kids to up cycle and recycle. Pressed Flower Art kits allow the beauty of nature to be preserved and recycled into gorgeous cards, artwork, and more. Some materials are included, but the flower press itself can be reused long after the kit items are used.
Recycled Paper Beads kit makes jewelry crafting easy. A specially designed tool makes turning paper scraps into gorgeous beads a snap. Kids can create bracelets, necklaces or even beaded mobiles and curtains. It’s a fabulous way to use up scrap newspapers and magazines.
Get these Green Science and Creativity kits on Toysmith.com from $10-20 each.
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