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Teaching the kids about recycling? Get upcyling!

Teaching children to reduce and recycle is one of the most exciting parts of going green, and one of the easiest ways to make the whole issue fun for the little ones is to start upcycling. Upcycling is the household art of transforming old objects and things you no longer need into new, useful additions to the house. There’s an old school feel to this trend that will remind many parents of the days when children’s TV was all about taking a seemingly mundane object from the home and creating something useful with it.

This is a great way of recycling electrical goods, old wheels, material, toys and all kinds of other things. Half of the fun is thinking up your own ideas, but here are a few just to get you started. Why not create a one of a kind necklace from a discontinued or foreign coin? Or delight a little girl with a suitcase doll’s house. Old cases are perfect would-be houses for dolls, and if you stand one upright and add floors and wallpaper you’ll soon start to see it transform into a home.