It’s hot and summer is in full swing, but my mind is half at the beach and half in the classroom as we prepare for our first year of homeschool! We are using a homeschool enrichment program and the co-op nature of it allows for parent involvement, one of my tasks – figure out what recycled items the parents can donate to the program. Since in all my research I didn’t find any already made lists floating around the inter-web I thought I would share mine with you. I collaborated with the lead teacher on both the upcoming projects and the needs of the classroom. Even if you aren’t a homeschooling parent or teacher this can be a nice guideline of easy to clean items with many uses that your child’s classroom or childcare program might like to have (always ask if they need it first).
For the purposes of the program I broke the list into two categories – Immediate Need and We Would Love to Have based on the upcoming lesson plans, but for the downloadable PDF below I just simply listed the items and you can brake them up as needed if you like (i.e.: there may be an Immediate Need for toilet paper rolls to make rain sticks and maybe We Would Love to Have extra buttons for the art area… up to the program’s need!). Please feel free to download this list for your own use!
Download and print the list here:
Copy and paste the list from here (Incase you’re not able to download from the device you’re using):
- 2-liter bottles
- Empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls
- Junk mail response envelopes
- Cardboard boxes
- Empty tissue boxes
- Empty yogurt cups
- Wine corks
- Extra buttons
- Plastic food trays
- Old CDs
- Egg cartons
- Puzzle pieces that have lost their mates
- Unused chop sticks from take-out meals
- Containers (like large Red Vine containers, individual appleholders from Costco, different sized jars, cookie tins, coffee cans with lids)
Here’s to planning a fun and sustainable school year! Anything to add to this list? Leave your ideas in the comments below!