Don´t throw that away!
January 8, 2016  |  Written by Carlota Nelson

Did you know that in a poll several years ago, the United Kingdom sent out a billion Christmas cards? That means 17 for each man, woman and child. The fact that we still write letters and send them, old style, is terrific. But the vast majority gets thrown out, after the holidays. If we add all the wrapping paper, bows and packaging that come with every gift, just imagine how many of that ends up in the rubbish bin? The good news is that there are so many great and fun things we can make by recycling all of it.

Last year, we published an article on DIY recycling activities. Aside from the curious DIYs we´ll propose today, we encourage you to read the 2015 post so you can explain to your kids why it’s important we all take care of our planet.


  • On this website, you´ll be able to watch easy to follow tutorials so the kids can create beautiful envelopes to put a note in or send one.
  • In Pinterest, you´ll find fabulous ideas for birthday party decorations. All you´ll need is a cardboard box and left over wrapping paper. The rest, you´ll probably have at home.
  • With Martha Stewart, kids will learn how to protect their books or their diary. The website also offers simple and fun tutorials.
  • Together, you´ll be able to make your very own page markers. Paper, glue and imagination are some of the requirements.


  • We also encourage you to read this article on how to recycle and re-use toys.
  • A few months ago, we proposed the Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra app, a game where pre-schoolers can create their own orchestra using everyday objects such as pots and pan, keys, spoons and plates… “At Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra these objects become improvised instruments. The child will have to mix the sounds to create melodies.” Look around at all the leftover boxes, packaging and paper you have to decide if any of it could create an instrument. Let the kids think about it first. You´ll be surprised by what they can come up with.
  • You´ve already recycled a ton but you still have leftover paper? No worries. Iron it out, roll it up and save it for next year!
  • Don´t miss out on Inhabitat, an online magazine that offers great ideas of what to do with paper.

Remember, educating our kids to be responsible does not mean it has to be tedious, as long as we make it fun. Sharing this type of experiences can become another quality moment at home. And their toys can become your perfect allies! If you´d like to know what playing with Mutant Busters teaches them, read this post!

What will you do with all that wrapping paper? How do you teach your kids to recycle? Share your experience with our readers and us!

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