AHP Recycled Jewelry

CRAFTS, Education, Kindergarden, MAKE, PARENTING, TODDLER

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If you’re a parent or school teacher that is interested in teaching your children to repurpose, reuse and recycle, or maybe you just need some craft ideas, AHP Recycled Jewelry is a fun activity for toddlers and kindergarteners alike. Although I am not a huge fan of pre-made processed food, I do purchase fruit pouches sometimes for on-the-go or during busy times in my life like having a new baby! Thinking I could probably figure out a cute craft idea to use all the disposable fruit pouch tops, I stopped discarding them a while back… and I am glad I did. My girls had a great time making jewelry with pasta and the giant plastic tops!

AHP Recycled Jewelry

tools

  • markers
  • plastic fruit pouch tops
  • string or craft necklaces
  • string-able pasta

instructions

  1. Gather items for craft.
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  2. Color pasta pieces with washable markers or keep them plain if you like.
  3. String craft necklaces with pasta and fruit pouch tops.

necklace examples

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tips

  1. If you choose to use a thicker string, for example a nylon paracord, you can tie knots on either side of each “bead” and create interesting spaced designs.

Educational side-note

  1. This activity was prompted by a talk I had with my 5-year-old regarding food waste. Although saving fruit pouch tops is not an exact parallel, the fun necklaces has started a dialogue about waste, repurposing and recycling.
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