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December 2015 - CANtastic DIY projects to keep youngsters occupied this festive season

The festive season is upon us. Have fun with cans this holiday.  Collect-a-Can shares some exciting, green and CANtastic do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to keep the little ones occupied this festive season.

“It is important that parents teach their children the importance of preserving the environment for future generations from a young age. What better way than to encourage them to upcycle and make their own DIY projects out of waste material?” says Zimasa Velaphi, public relations and marketing manager of can recovery and recycling organisation, Collect-a-Can.

Collect-a-Can shares four green CANtastic DIY projects that will help keep youngsters occupied this festive season and bring families together with the fun CANtivities (please note that adult supervision is advised):

1.     A string-can telephone is a fun way for youngsters to step back in time and use old fashioned technology to make the most out of this holiday! Not only is this a fun activity, but they will also be learning about sound waves and how they work.

2.     Another great way to conquer the boredom is to help your children build their own can-bowling game. This is a great way to help youngsters stay active this holiday and they can also have fun painting or decorating the cans according to a preferred theme.

3.     Don’t know what to do with those used coffee cans lying around at home? Youngsters can have some old-school summer fun with coffee-can stilts. This activity will help them practice balance and teach them how to handle a new physical activity; ultimately that practice makes perfect!

4.     If you would like your children to grow up loving the environment, why not give them a can to decorate and make their own can flower pot? Don’t just leave it there, let them plant a flower and water it every day. This will help teach them how to look after the environment.

“Education is key in conserving our environment. Parents should educate their children from a young age as to why it is important for us to look after the environment. This is best done by exposing them to fun green projects. It will not only help create better awareness amongst your own children, but this valuable message of environmental conservation will even spread to their friends at school,” concludes Velaphi.

For 22 years, Collect-a-Can has been working closely with various communities to teach young and old the importance of can recovery and that waste has value. Since Collect-a-Can started, southern Africa’s used can recovery rate has improved from 18% to 72%. Currently, metal cans form less than 1% of the total rubbish that ends up in landfills due to their value and recyclability.

For more interesting DIY can projects follow Collect-a-Can on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/CollectaCan).

Caption: Collect-a-Can shares four green CANtastic DIY projects that will keep youngsters occupied this season holiday and bring families together through cans. (From top left, clockwise) A string-can telephone is a fun way for youngsters to step back in time and use old fashioned technology to make the most out of this holiday! Another great way to conquer the boredom is to help them build their own can-bowling game. Parents can help youngsters have some old-school summer fun with coffee-can stilts. A great way to teach them about environmental conservation is to let them paint or decorate a can to make their own flower pot. *Image credits below.

Image credits: (From top left clockwise) Shutterstock image, http://www.erika-shineon.com/2012_04_01_archive.html, http://www.educacioilestic.com/10-jocs-divertits-per-fer-durant-les-vacances/, http://ribbons.com/5-fun-spring-crafts-for-the-kids/.

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