Celebrate Earth Day not only on April 22nd but every day! Make homemade toys and play props by recycling bread bags and plastic six-pack rings. Here’s how…
Six-Pack Ring Net
- Six to eight plastic six-pack rings (a set of connected plastic rings that are used to carry six-packs of beverage cans or plastic bottles of soft drinks–”carrier rings”).
- Colored masking tape (NMASK)
- Place six-pack rings end-to-end.
- Cut small pieces of masking tape (1”-2” long) and use to connect one set of six-pack plastic rings to another set of six-pack plastic rings.
- To make the net wider, connect another row of six-pack rings with masking tape above or below the first net. Most nets are two “carrier rings” wide.
- Tie pieces of cord to the top and bottom of the last hole on both ends.
- Attach the net to chairs, walls, coat racks, or trees.
- 27 empty, flat plastic bread bags
Let’s Get Started:
- Place nine bread bags in a row, alternating the top of one bread bag next to the bottom of the next bag.
- Cut small pieces of transparent tape and connect one bread bag to the next bread bag by taping the top of one bread bag into the fold of the bottom of the next bread bag in the row.
- When one side is taped, turn the row over and tape the bags together on that side.
- Continue to make 2 more rows of 9 connected bread bags. You will have a total of 3 long rows of bread bags.
- Trifold (fold into thirds) each row of 9 bread bags. Secure with tape.
- Lay the rows side by side and knot together at one end.
- Braid the three rows of bread bags together into a long jump rope and knot that end.
For now, get started by encouraging your children/students to start recycling by saving lots of bread bags and six-pack carrier rings.