Earth Day is coming up on 22nd April, and is an ideal time to remind children about recycling and taking care of our Earth. We love junk modelling and diy games, so we decided to combine both of these activities and make our own recycling game – out of recycled materials of course! It’s fun to make, and fun to play – so two activities in one.
We named our game “Match ‘n’ Recycle.” To make this game, you will need:
- Empty tissue box (like a Kleenex box, or any brand)
- 1 old wooden building block
- Duct tape or washi tape in different colours or patterns. (If you don’t have them to hand, then substitute this with coloured paint – you will just need to allow a little extra time for the paint to dry before playing.)
- Spare cardboard, cut into equal sized pieces
- Marker Pen
- Tissue paper, stickers or whatever you prefer to decorate the tissue box (optional)
This recycling game is a posting game, so you are going to make the tissue box into the posting box where all the “recycled items” will be posted in. You could make several post boxes for each type of recycled material but it will be a little more time consuming, and take up more space so we decided to just use the one box.
Cover your box in tissue paper and decorate it with stickers, tape or however you prefer.
Next, you need to transform your old wooden block into a dice for the game. We covered each side with a differently coloured and patterned design of tape – six in total.
We decided that rolling a black means that you miss your turn, which left us with 5 different colours to assign to different types of recycling.
We made several cards and wrote different recyclable items on them, along with a small picture to help the younger players who can’t read well. Each category was labelled up with a small strip of coloured or patterned tape. So all the food waste has a zig zag patterned tape, and all the paper waste has a green tape and so on.
How to Play
Place all of the recyclable item cards upside down on the floor or table.
Each player will take turns to roll the dice. If you land on a colour, for example green, then you need to pick out a green card. This starts off as a game of chance, and then becomes a memory game as children remember where each card was located.
It’s pretty simple and all of my kids 3-6 were able to grasp these rules and enjoy this simple game.
We then sorted all the cards into their categories and talked about the materials and why certain items were grouped together.
When you’re done, everything fits inside the box so that you can easily keep it for another day.
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