Plastics are everywhere – in the form of food containers, toys and household products. While some plastics are eco-friendly and may be safe for children, others contain harmful chemicals or cause dangerous pollution during manufacturing. While the use of all plastics should be limited if at all possible, some are safer than others.
My boys are aware of the Moebius loop being the universal recycling symbol of a triangle made of three chasing arrows. They are aware that the symbol indicates that a material is recyclable but this time I asked them to pay attention to the number in the middle of the triangle. The number within the triangle can range from 1 to 7 and provides information about the toxic chemicals used in the plastic, how likely the plastic is to leach, how bio-degradable the plastic is, and ultimately the safety of the plastic.
This was a great opportunity for Little boy to practice his number recognition and he felt very important reading out the numbers to me, while I read up what each number meant! Depending on the age of your children I encourage you to read up on what the different number symbols mean.
These funny faces are so easy to make and children can really explore their creativity with this craft. The basic premise of this craft is that the handle of the plastic container will become the bridge of the nose of each funny face. Feel free to use whatever recyclables you have at your disposal to make the features of the funny faces. There is painting and gluing involved with this craft which makes a great fine motor workout too.
Have fun and display your creations proudly as a reminder to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED FOR THE RECYCLED FUNNY FACES:
- Assorted large plastic containers (ours was a fabric softener container and household cleaning vinegar)
- Assorted plastic bottle caps
- Toilet rolls
- Coloured cardboard
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE RECYCLED FUNNY FACES:
- For the eyes, paint bottle caps with acrylic paint and use a glue gun to glue onto base of handle furthest from the opening of the container.
- Cut toilet roll in half and paint as preferred. Glue the toilet roll onto the funny faces as preferred. We used toilet rolls for ears on one face and for hair on the other face.
- Use coloured cardboard to cut out moustache and eyebrows and glue onto funny faces.
* This post and all associated images have been supplied by the lovely Rossa from Curious Little People. Follow her on Instagram for more creative inspirations!